Three 'near certainties' on Leaving Cert higher level English Paper 2
Nobody could complain about the poets selected for the Leaving Certificate higher level English Paper 2, with three of the “near certainties” , Boland, Donne and Keats, turning up, according to teacher Jim Lusby.
Mr Lusby, of the Institute of Education, Dublin was generous in his praise for the paper and said the “facile debate about which poets appear is dead.”
He added: “Of far more importance is the subtlety of the phrasing in the questions, with a thought-provoking phrase or concept in each, such as ‘penetrating truths about society’, ‘a range of profound tensions’ and ‘life’s harsh realities,” he said
In the Single Text section, he described questions on each of the prescribed texts as “fresh and inventive.”
He said most candidates would have answered on Hamlet, and there was choice was between a “really engaging discussion of the play as a ‘psychological thriller’ and a novel analysis of the secondary characters”.
In the Comparative Study, Mr Lusby said that , “as with the other sections of the paper, the expected areas turned up – Viewpoint and Theme – but the tasks were inventive and stimulating.”.
He described the ordinary level paper as “extremely friendly, with generous choices in all sections, interesting questions, enjoyable tasks and wonderful presentation.
It was, said Mr Lusby, “absolutely perfect for encouraging the ordinary level student to engage with literature pleasurably.