“…and your mother said ‘Happy birthday. I am sorry to inform you that everyone you love is dead’”
Explain, with reference to Sylvia Plath’s first suicide attempt and subsequent admittance to hospital, the relevance of the quote above to your childhood, when, upon seeing the brilliant blue of a butterfly’s wings—
Should a poet’s work be
enjambed or read in sequence? Examinees are encouraged to utilise essay structure and one reference to Walt Whitman in their answer.
There’s stardust in our eyes and laughter on our lips,
Over and over again the orchestra plays our last dance:
Amor, amor, amor—
They saw that post you made last night, when you thought they had gone to sleep and you could let the hurt bleed.
Give up. It’s over. You’re over.
A person who has feelings is a ruined person unless they keep their mouth shut - which is exactly what you didn’t do.
I hold stars for the gods, their flashing eyes are nebulae, colours blooming against the universe; their council is the companion of beauty and destruction.
The moirai, with their pale fingers, trace my body, as cold and unfeeling as porcelain, each brush a calculation and every new line a fate thrown into existence. They cut my golden hairs one by one; there is no string of fate, destinies are written in my stars—
“You trace my scars like you could brush them away and wipe the blood from my mouth as if it would remove the wounds on my lips.” Discuss this statement, with evidence cited from the decline of the relationship between Lucien Carr, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg to support your conclusion.
“Now the sky is still heartbreakingly blue. It’s a blue that lovers kiss under, in the cooling summer air, the kind that drags itself across the skin of my body and leaves a trail of goose bumps to hint at its existence. It’s so quiet I can hear the radio playing somewhere. It’s singing about people, and about feelings… feelings about people. It’s warbling words of love and murdering us with words edged like an axe. It’s crooning the song of death.”
Do you agree?
Cassandra was gone long before her death, murmuring words, and words, and words; and her mind falling as Apollo watched her beauty heighten in her madness, and the truth will always be madness, but when she died with screams on her lips, she could not help but be satisfied with her choice, though it may never have been hers, because she cannot be her own person any more than you can stand to keep away from blades, do you understand please do you understand—
Is opinion a requirement for literature? Are you?
If, at 5 A.M. on a Monday morning I still haven’t slept and countless cups of coffee have cooled in my hands, but I’m still reaching for your number in my phone even after you told me “never again”:
(i) Explain why the French Revolution was an amalgamation of poor leadership, economic troubles and enlightened thinking, making sure to provide sufficient illustration of the dramatic irony and use of paradox used by the authors of the nightmare you had two hours ago every night but never wake from.
(ii) Draw the colour of your soul.
Shouldn’t you have learnt by now? (25 marks)
Death won’t get an A on your exam. (25 marks)
If I don’t exist, how do I know about me? (25 marks)
Please? (25 marks)
All working must be demonstrated. All questions must be answered. Illegibility will be penalised.
What men don’t understand is that women are FIERCELY PROTECTIVE of underage girls because we remember when we were young and some adult man made us uncomfortable or manipulated us or was inappropriate with us and we were powerless.
never going to be over the fact that Arthur and Molly Weasley had seven children of their own, and hardly enough money or space to make due, yet they never thought twice about having an extra space at the table or making one more sweater at Christmas for the people who came into their family by circumstance.
#people Harry should have seriously fucking considered naming his kids after
"IT IS VERY EASY TO FEEL THAT MEN ARE NOT SO BAD WHEN YOU ARE STILL MAKING SURE TO GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT"
menpeople who fit the high high qualifications for “soft bro” imho
- tom hardy
- chris evans
- jamie fraser
- lee pace, but potentially not goofy enough
- keanu kahuanui
- kristen stewart but potentially too hardcore
- stevie g
- chris pratt is potentially too much of a real bro but is silly enough to eclipse that
- samira wiley
please add to the list for me to judge so we can expand the beautiful movement of ☄☾☽ ☼soft bro♦♢♔ ♕
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VERY IMPORTANT LIST, VERY IMPORTANT MOVEMENT!!! I miiiight argue that lee pace and kristen stewart project a sharp intelligence not quite in line with the #softbro brand. A #softbro might be super smart, but will generally undervalue his or her own intelligence and choose to emphasize his or her sincere and doofy kindness instead. SAMIRA WILEY IS ON THE BORDERLINE FOR THIS REASON BUT ON THE OTHER HAND: #SOFTBRO
Chris Evans and Jamie Fraser are the epitome, obviously. chris pratt is TOTALLY #softbro. Anna Faris is also #softbro. TOM HARDY AND STEVIE G are #PEAKSOFTBRO. I would add:
i MIGHT argue against mid-90s brendan fraser BECAUSE mid-90s brenden fraser still considered himself a ~serious actor~ who ~took his art seriously~ which was MY FAVORITE BRENDEN FRASER but i think perhaps disqualifies him as a #softbro.
THAT BEING SAID, i’d like to potentially add: