SL Paper 2 Practice Exam: POETRY GENRE Question (Graded and Recorded)

11 08 2011

Write a 500-750 word essay on one of the following questions:

A. Contradictions and/or paradoxes are often attractive to poets both in terms of content and stylistic choice. Explore some ways in which at least two poets you have studied convey their interest in these strategies through what they write about and how/why they do so.


B. According to the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, “Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.” Discuss how at least two poets and their poems have either confirmed or questioned the value of this claim about poetry.

Submit your paper through and please use as basis for your word count, which should be indicated at the end of your essay.
Don’t forget to include a title for your essay, observe double space, margins, etc.
The paper should also have quotes from the poems discussed and proper citation format.

If there’s an error on uploading your essay to, please use the COPY & PASTE UPLOADING option rather than the normal method of SUBMIT BY UPLOADING option. Late essays will not be accepted.

You will be graded on the following (Paper Two Rubrics):
Knowledge and Understanding of the work – 5 points
Response to the question – 5 points
Appreciation of Literary Features – 5 points
Presentation – 5 points
Language – 5 points

7: 20-25
6: 17-19
5: 14-16
4: 11-13
3: 9-10
2: 5-8
1: 0-4




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