Compare Sympathy and Caged Bird

Sympathy is written by Paul Laurence Dunbar in 1889 and Caged Bird is written by Maya Angelou in 1983. The two poems convey the same theme using similar technique, but differ in their structure and form. First of all, both Sympathy and Caged Bird convey the idea that African Americans are facing oppression using allusion. In […]

Analyse Mushrooms by Sylvia Plath

Mushrooms is a poem written by Sylvia Plath, an American poet in 1960.  Sylvia Plath’s poems were mostly written in the 1950s to the 1960s, right after World War II. During WWII, most men went to war and women took the jobs that previously employed men. They enjoyed the experiences and opportunities they have got […]

Point of view in The Tell-Tale Heart

Compare and contrast the narrator’s point of view at the beginning to the end of the story. Note any differences and the possible causes behind these differences. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator’s use of point of view in which he tells the story slightly changes from the beginning to the […]

Say “No” to amateur mountain climbing

Another IGCSE question, a practice for my directed writing test last Wednesday. Dear Sir or Madam, I am writing this letter to you to express my opinion with regards to mountain climbing on Everest. I strongly believe that mountain climbing should be banned. As you might know from the recent news articles, there number of […]

Running with the Bulls — Language Analysis

Running with the Bulls — Original Text Cascais, along the coast from Lisbon, Portugal, has been described as a ‘picture-postcard perfect little beach town’. Its scintillating colours amazed me when I arrived. The orange roof tiles shone like fire in the midday sun; the stately buildings stood resplendent in their smart coats of colour wash. […]

Guide to Directed Writing

Directed writing is an important part in the IGCSE English Language exam. A little bit like composite writing in TOEFL, this part of the exam asks you to summarise the main points and opinions in an article and to evaluate these opinions. The question might specifically asks you to agree or disagree with the opinions […]

About “Shooting an Elephant”

Intro In this account, set in 1936, George Orwell is a young police officer serving in Burma, India, which was then part of the British Empire. He has been sent to deal with a troublesome elephant. Q1 Imagine you are George Orwell. Write a journal entry, describing your thoughts and feelings about the events described […]

Drifting in the River

It was getting colder. The cold mist was rising up through my clothes, my skin prickling with its icy touch. They emerged slowly out of the foliage of the enchanted forest, surrounding us in an eerie deafening silence. They were coming closer, I could feel their unrelenting cold glare from their eyes hard and sharp. […]

Song by Adrienne Rich Analysis

You’re wondering if I’m lonely: OK then, yes, I’m lonely as a plane rides lonely and level on its radio beam, aiming across the Rockies* for the blue-strung aisles of an airfield on the ocean You want to ask, am I lonely? Well, of course, lonely as a woman driving across country day after day, […]


It was a growing line that never moved forward. It seemed inevitable for the line to grow thicker, thicker, and eventually filling up the room. You got to go into that door if you wait in the line, but not always, only when you have a full wallet in your pocket. It was a sunny […]