Tuesday 22 May 2018

Read all about it: ‘The Written Word’ in the ‘Irish Independent’

We celebrate the English language in our exciting three-part supplement, The Written Word.

Published on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with the ‘Irish Independent’, these fascinating supplements will be of much interest to Leaving Certificate students . . . but also anyone who enjoys the language.

Internationally acclaimed authors including Emma Donoghue, Donal Ryan and Hugo Hamilton remember their own Leaving Certs and the teachers who nurtured their writing.

The first supplement focuses on the comprehension and composition elements of Paper One of Leaving Cert English. We explain the crucial differences between the personal essay and the short story, a question that many students lose easy marks for. We give a guide to the five language genres and comprehensive punctuation and grammar guides. We show how to write the right essay — and avoid the wrong one. And celebrated Irish author Joseph O’Connor presents his guide to writing.

Parts two and three explore elements of Paper Two. The second supplement focuses on plays, novels and the comparative study. We have an exploration of the character of John B Keane’s Sive by Sive herself, or at least the young actress currently starring in the Abbey Theatre’s production. We analytically dissect all elements of Macbeth and even contemplate how Macbeth and his wife would have thrived in the Celtic Tiger years.

And he final part of on Wednesday and will be a very special poetry edition, with a special examination of the extraordinary legacy of Seamus Heaney. We also have detailed analysis of many of the poets and their poems on the curriculum, including William Butler Yeats, Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, Derek Mahon, Philip Larkin, Thomas Kinsella and Sylvia Plath. And we will reveal how the Unseen Poem question should be the easiest 20 marks to get.

There will be something for all lovers of good literature.

Sophie Gorman, Editor

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