Sense and Sensitivity: A Guide to Unseen Poetry for the GCE 'O' and 'N' Level Exam
by Suzanne Choo & Robert Yeo
Sense and Sensitivity: A Guide to Unseen Poetry for the GCE ‘O’ and ‘N’ Level Exam provides a systematic and comprehensive approach to developing skills for critical close reading of poetry. Students will be taught how to gain a "big-picture" sense of the poem before acquiring sensitivity to form and literary techniques including word choice, figurative language, symbolism, word order, and sound among others. The fifteen chapters in this book include classic and contemporary poems, poems from Singapore and around the world as well as a variety of visual and comparative exercises that will develop students’ appreciation of poetry. In this book you will find:
• Poems by well-known authors from around the world, including up to 50% of poems by Singaporean poets.
• Definitions of literary techniques with examples provided
• Key strategies of analysis that teaches students how to unpack literary techniques
• Vocabulary terms that teaches students how to explain and write about literary techniques
• Strategies for writing essays including how to move from annotations to a structured essay
• Practice exercises modelled after the Unseen section of the GCE ‘O’ and ‘N’ level exam
• An overview of key themes in Singapore literature
• A glossary of key Literature terms
About the Authors
Suzanne Choo is Assistant Professor in the English Language and Literature Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She completed her PhD in English Education at Columbia University, USA and her MA in English Studies from the National University of Singapore. A former secondary English and Literature teacher, she now teaches courses on literature and poetry at the National Institute of Education and has conducted poetry workshops for many teachers over the last ten years. She has previously written two books on teaching the Unseen with Robert Yeo – Sharpening the Senses (Learners Publishing), Mining for Meaning: A Guide to the Unseen for Lower Secondary Students (Scholastic) and Mining for Meaning: A Guide to the Unseen for ‘O’ and ‘N’ level Students (Scholastic).
Robert Yeo taught a course on the teaching of Literature at the National Institute of Education for nearly three decades. He taught Creative Writing in the Singapore Management University from 2013 to 2018. He is an established poet and playwright and the author of Singapore Short Stories, a book used as an 'O' level text in 1989. The opera, Fences of the Heart, for which he wrote the libretto, was staged in 2012. In 2014, he received the SE Asia Write award. His latest book is the play The Eye of History, published in 2016.
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Dimension: 210mm x 280mm