Thursday, 20 March 2014

SPM 2013 SUCCESSES

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS:

Asia Pacific Smart School
Alishya  A
Arif      A
Izzat    A+
Shani   A-

SMK Damansara Jaya
Yen Ni  A

SMK Aminuddin Baki
Wan Aiman  A

Sri Kuala Lumpur School
Jinghann   A

SMK Methodist
Jason Lin   A+

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

2014 Classes For SPM Students

The following SPM classes have commenced with effect from 2014. Anyone interested to join can send a request via email. All classes are held in Petaling Jaya and numbers are limited to five students per group. Students from out of town can opt for online sessions via Skype.

Weekdays:
Tuesdays  4.30pm - 6.30pm
Thursdays 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Weekends:
Saturdays:  12.30pm - 2.30pm & 2.30pm - 4.30pm

The texts taught in these classes are:
NOVEL:  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
DRAMA: The Lion and The Jewel by Wole Soyinka
POEMS: Theme - CONFLICTS and/or PERCEPTIONS OF SELF
SHORT STORIES: Minimum of three stories from the prescribed list.


Saturday, 9 February 2013


HOW DO I LOVE THEE, LET ME COUNT THE WAYS  by Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Question: In the poem, how has the poet presented the extent of her love?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's love poem about the extent of her feelings for her lover presents it as all-encompassing to show that it is a love that transcends everything. This is done through measuring her love against divine love,  passion, the abstract and mortality.

Firstly, when she refers to the 'depth', 'breadth and height' that her soul can reach it implies a love that is immeasurable and without limits because there is no way to determine how far a soul can reach. Furthermore this comparison using the intangible goes beyond the limits of our  imagination which supports the view that her love is all-encompassing.

Moreover, the all-embracing nature of her love is also measured against spiritual belief and God's love. The persona presents her love as immense, beyond God's 'ideal Grace' or his freely-given love because even when she feels 'out of  [His] sight', her love prevails. It goes beyond existence of her' Being'.

From a comparison that challenges the realms of our imagination, the speaker brings us back to the ordinary to reveal that her love is never ending. Even during 'everyday's most quiet need' when she needs to take a break and rest, the love that she feels still continues without a pause.

In addition, it is made clear that time is of no consequence; 'by sun and candlelight' her love still endures. All through her days and nights her love goes on. Through this we are shown the everlasting nature of her love which it includes all that time itself can offer.

Furthermore she delivers the intensity of her feelings through comparisons with the passion that man is capable of to show the strength of his beliefs. When 'men strive for Right', they would go all out to fight for it just as those who would bravely 'turn from Praise' and risk both persecution and prosecution by the Church which played a significant role in people's lives then. This comparison shows the strength of the love, and the speaker's willingness to face adversity to prove it.

Finally, the all-encompassing quality of the speaker's love is highlighted by pointing out that it goes beyond life and death. When she refers to how she loves with the 'breath,/smiles, tears' of all her life it makes us feel that her all of her being is devoted to loving him. However, it does not stop there because she says that  'after death' she will love 'thee better'  showing us it encompasses all of existence itself.

In conclusion, through her words and comparisons, the speaker's love extends beyond both the intangible and tangible to show that it is immeasurable, transcending even the infinite as well as our imagination.

This essay was written by and is the property of Bahiyah Borhan of  Bastian's Way Literature in English Programme.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Guides to studying some of the poems

Click on the title to read the BBC guide to studying WILFRED OWEN's Dulce et Decorum Est

Read what this blogger has posted on STANLEY KUNITZ's poem, The War Against the Trees.

Andrew Moore provides a detailed study of THOMAS HARDY's poem The Man He Killed

Read the sample essay on ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING's poem How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Ways in this blog.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

How to plan an essay

Many students need help with organising and structuring their essay.  How to plan an essay provides guidelines to help students get started.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

LOOKING FOR ONLINE STUDY GUIDES?

Go to this site for study guides on some of the novels and plays that are in the syllabus.

Or you can go to another site here.

Check out this interesting site which can help you learn more about An Inspector Calls

Sunday, 26 February 2012

No change of texts until SPM 2015

The 6th cycle texts for SPM Literature in English (Elective) will remain unchanged until SPM 2015. The 7th cycle of texts will apply to students who will sit for SPM in 2016.