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Love’s Philosophy 

This two-lesson mini-unit covers Shelley’s ‘Love’s Philosophy’ in detail. Designed for GCSE pupils studying AQA's Love and Relationships poetry, this resource explores the poem in depth and explains how to compare it to other poems from the anthology. The resource is made up of a 48-slide editable PowerPoint presentation and 5 accompanying worksheets.

The two lessons contain the following:

Lesson One

Context – A brief outline of Shelley, Romanticism and other influences behind the poem.

First Reading – An initial reading of ‘Love’s Philosophy’ with a glossary included. Comprehension questions with example answers. 

Language and imagery – Analysing 'Love’s Philosophy' in detail. Exploring key imagery and answering questions that delve deeper. Model answers provided.

Essay Writing – An essay question to assess initial understanding. An example answer is included.

Lesson Two

Themes – Analysing the themes of 'Love’s Philosophy' – Romantic love, nature and longing.

Structure and Form – How Shelley uses stanzas, rhythm and rhyme.

The GCSE Exam – Comparing ‘Love’s Philosophy’ with ‘Winter Swans’ and ‘When We Two Parted’. Model answer included.

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AQA GCSE English Anthology - Love and Relationships Poetry

AQA GCSE English Anthology - Love and Relationships Poetry


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