Writing a comparison of ‘Brothers’ and ‘Sister Maude’ In the exam, you Will have a choice of two questions on the poems that you have studied from the ‘Relationships’ section of the anthology. They will be phrased like this: Compare the ways in which family relationships are portrayed in ‘Brothers’ and one other poem of your choice. Let’s say you chose ‘Sister Maude? as the other poem, and decided to focus on sibling relationships.
You would then need to write six paragraphs comparing the presentation of sibling relationships in those two poems, following the exam board mark scheme. Each paragraph needs to do all of the following: 1) Make a point related to the task (also known as a topic sentence) about one of the poems. 2) Back this up with a quotation, identifying a language or structural feature used in that quotation. 3) Explain why the writer has chosen to use this technique and the effect it has on the reader. 4) Link this back to the overarching themes/ideas in the poem. ) Make a precise point of comparison with the other poem. 6) Back this comparative point up with an example from the other poem and some analysis. This can be summarized as: 1) point 2) Evidence and analysis ) Zoom In 4) zoom out 5) Comparison 6) Comparative evidence and analysis You should alternate your main focus between the poems: for example, if the first paragraph begins with close analysis of ‘Brothers’, the second should begin with close analysis of ‘Sister Maude’, the third ‘Brothers’ and so on. . T. O. For example, these might be your first Ohio paragraphs in answer to the question in the box at the top of the previous page: In ‘Brothers’ it is clear from the very first word, ‘Saddled’, that the speaker in the poem (the older brother) is deeply irritated at having to look after his younger brother.
Here is a point to start you off, and some reminders for the rest 1 . In ‘Brothers’, Forester presents the relationship between the brothers in an everyday setting. (Pilot) 2. Now provide some EVIDENCE of this and explain what this example shows about the relationship between the brothers (ANALYSIS) 3. Give another example and explain the writers choice of language (ZOOM IN) 4. Explain how these examples link to the overall tone/ideas of the poem (ZOOM OUT) 5. Compare this to the religious language used in ‘Sister Maude’ (make a COMPARATIVE POINT and give an EXAMPLE) 6.
Explain how this language gives ‘Sister Maude’ a very different setting and tone (COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS) Paragraph 4: 7. In ‘Sister Maude’, Rosettes uses ambiguous language to make it unclear what the result of the conflict between the sisters may have been. (POINT) 8. Now provide some EVIDENCE of this (l suggest ‘Cold he lies, as cold as stone,/ With his clotted curls about his face’) and explain what this example implies about the clash between the sisters and what it led to (ANALYSIS – hard alliterative ‘c’ sounds, repetition, hints of murder/suicide in ‘cold’ and ‘clotted’ ) 9.