Equal parts "Goon" and "Bottle Shock"

SORRY NOT SORRY ABOUT ALL THE HOCKEY. intermittent one direction shame spirals. Hillary Clinton/Jon Stewart 2016.

1.

“…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—

(10 marks)


2.

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.

(5 marks)


3. 

There’s stardust in our eyes and laughter on our lips,

Over and over again the orchestra plays our last dance:

Amor, amor, amor

(10 marks)


4. 

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.


(5 marks)


5. 

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—



(10 marks)


6. 

“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. 

(5 marks)


7. 

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? 

(20 marks)


8.

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—

(10 marks)


9.

Is opinion a requirement for literature? Are you?

(15 marks)


10. 

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.

(10 marks)


BONUS QUESTIONS
:

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.

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themaraudersaredead:

Marauders Era Dreamcast

Rinko Kikuchi as James Potter
Rinko Kikuchi as Remus Lupin
Rinko Kikuchi as Sirius Black
Rinko Kikuchi as Peter Pettigrew
Rinko Kikuchi as Lily Evans
Rinko Kikuchi as Severus Snape

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sadxgh0st:

beahbeah:

foxtrotsky:

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.

   

Correct

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batmanisagatewaydrug:

givemeunicorns:

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

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Where “Shake it Off” is generic, “Out of the Woods” is particular to Swift, the kind of song that only she would write. It’s reassuring, exciting stuff, whether or not this particular song is even to your liking. If you care about how all pop music sounds exactly the same because the same five people are churning out hits for everybody on the Billboard Top 100, then you should care about someone like Swift — a serious songwriter with a distinct voice — crafting her own songs. If she’s singing somebody’s else’s words, it means she isn’t gutting you with lines like “you call me up again just to break me like a promise / so casually cruel in the name of being honest,” or telling a whole life in four words with “careless man’s careful daughter.” I don’t want to turn on the radio and hear female artists belting out girl power jams written by a bunch of dudes. I want more Lorde, more Charli XCX, more Nicki Minaj, more Kacey Musgraves. I want Swift to keep sounding like Swift, coy references to unnamed celebrity exes and all.
OOTW review (x)

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So, I ask to the women who are still not sure about rape culture, patriarchy, or male supremacy, if you see the problem behind a culture in which “no” is punishable, but where failure to say “no” makes any violation of your personhood your own fault. When you sit back for a moment and think to yourself that surely you can say no to men, and that I am blowing things way out of proportion, then at least do this test within your own life: Start saying No more often when No is what you really want to say. Establish firm boundaries with men and do not let up. See if the male you are saying no to immediately stops and respects your boundary, or if his automatic response, reflexive—as though he’s been learning how to do this since he was a boy, as though he sees no other response more logical than this—is to attempt to do what you have just asked him not to do to you. Notice how you feel when telling a man “no” as well. Do you feel butterflies in your stomach? Do you feel guilty (denying him his right of access to you)? Do you feel mean? Do you feel unsure at all as to whether or not you have the right to tell him no? It is very easy to feel that men are not so bad when you are still making sure to give them what they want.

Looking Male Supremacists Dead in Their Dead Eyes (The Boner Busters Takedown)

"IT IS VERY EASY TO FEEL THAT MEN ARE NOT SO BAD WHEN YOU ARE STILL MAKING SURE TO GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT"

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ofgeography:

sashayed:

lindabelchervoice:

men people 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:

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Group one occupies Manchester and Boyle for their “They think it’s a game” civil disobedience action.

Early morning, Monday, October 13th

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wolfpackau:

{treacherous}  || a soundtrack of taylor swift songs for growing up and the ups and downs of being a girl in love with a girl

don’t you worry your pretty little mind, people throw rocks at things that shine, and life makes love look hard; the stakes are high, the water’s rough, but this love is ours

1. fifteen. “and you just might find who you’re supposed to be/ I didn’t know who I was supposed to be at fifteen” 2. riptide. "i was scared of pretty girls and starting conversation" 3. treacherous. "this hope is treacherous, this daydream is dangerous/ nothing safe is worth the drive" 4. mine. "I fell in love with a careless man’s careful daughter, she is the best thing that’s ever been mine" 5. fearless. "you pull me in and i’m a little more brave" 6. breathe. "people are people and sometimes it doesn’t work out" 7. all too well. "after plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own, now you mail back my things and I walk home alone" 8. stay stay stay. "all those times that you didn’t leave; it’s been occurring to me that I’d like to hang out with you for my whole life" 9. holy ground. "tonight I’m gonna dance for all that we’ve been through, but I don’t wanna dance if I’m not dancing with you" 10. ours. "it’s not theirs to speculate if it’s wrong/ I’ll fight their doubt and give you faith" 11. long live. "long live the walls we crashed through, how the kingdom lights shined just for me and you"

wolfpackau:

{treacherous}  || a soundtrack of taylor swift songs for growing up and the ups and downs of being a girl in love with a girl

don’t you worry your pretty little mind, people throw rocks at things that shine, and life makes love look hard; the stakes are high, the water’s rough, but this love is ours

1. fifteen. “and you just might find who you’re supposed to be/ I didn’t know who I was supposed to be at fifteen” 2. riptide. "i was scared of pretty girls and starting conversation" 3. treacherous. "this hope is treacherous, this daydream is dangerous/ nothing safe is worth the drive" 4. mine. "I fell in love with a careless man’s careful daughter, she is the best thing that’s ever been mine" 5. fearless. "you pull me in and i’m a little more brave" 6. breathe. "people are people and sometimes it doesn’t work out" 7. all too well. "after plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own, now you mail back my things and I walk home alone" 8. stay stay stay. "all those times that you didn’t leave; it’s been occurring to me that I’d like to hang out with you for my whole life" 9. holy ground. "tonight I’m gonna dance for all that we’ve been through, but I don’t wanna dance if I’m not dancing with you" 10. ours. "it’s not theirs to speculate if it’s wrong/ I’ll fight their doubt and give you faith" 11. long live. "long live the walls we crashed through, how the kingdom lights shined just for me and you"

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Gally eggs on his boyfriend. 24ch S3Ep1

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iwriteaboutfeminism:

Protesters occupy St. Louis University.

Early morning, Monday, October 13th

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Taylor Swift,
1989

Out of The Woods - Taylor Swift 

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