As part of getting ready to study English at University next year, I set myself the challenge of a practical criticism essay every two days. Hopefully by uploading them onto here I will be more motivated to carry on with this herculean task!

The essays will mainly be on unseen poems, i.e. ones I’ve never formally studied. They will be written in approximately one hour. I write essays by hand so they’ll appear on here as and when I get round to typing them, probably a few days after writing so that the typing process gives me another opportunity to dwell on the poems.

Impractical because the chances are I’ll be peppering my essays with random context, irrelevent thoughts and the like, and I’ll probably be peppering the blog itself with other irrelevent pieces of writing when the mood takes me. That’s the basic idea anyway, please enjoy them, if they are useful then I will be chuffed, and any comments or criticisms would be much appreciated.


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  1. Excellent, I’ll be following some of these. Best of luck on your Cambridge application.

    If it is no trouble of yours could you please do “The Hollow Men” by TS Eliot, somewhat complex and broad but it’s poet’s classic.

    • I can and I will! It won’t be a true Practical Criticism because I studied those Eliot poems at AS-Level but I do love it and I need to reaquaint myself with Eliot anyhow :) At some point anyway. First I need to readdress the appalling gender imbalance I’ve discovered in this blog – I’ve only done 1 female poet so far… I’m going to head for Sylvia Plath, Christina Rosetti, Carol Ann Duffy… Any other suggestions anyone?

  2. you have been really helpful as a critical reference when citing critics, thank you so much and your opinions are very thoughtful and well written :)

  3. Had a look at your piece on “An Apple Gathering” which was most helpful. I am an English teacher but Rossetti is new to me. Thank you! I like the idea of your blog and wonder if you will continue it in any way?

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