The Trees is a poem of three stanzas, each of them four lines long. The rhyming scheme is a simple one – following the ABBA format. If you spend enough time trawling around the internet and wading through the reams of literary analysis on this poem you will encounter words like trochee and iambic tetrameter. For the purposes of your ICGSE exam you do not need to concern yourselves with the minutiae of Larkin’s structural flourishes (though I will have a stab at demystifying these terms for you later). You are almost certainly not going to be faced with a question whose title outright mentions Larkin’s use of complex structural devices. The title you will be grappling with will ask to explore or examine how the poet deals with issues/feelings/situations. Structure comes into this of course. Yet to obsess on dry technical matters (untethered to the question at the top of the exam paper) is to risk going down a rabbit hole where you are simply parroting poetic devices rather than doing the only thing that you should be doing: answering the question.
Good, rant over. If you have studied my previous guide you will have had your fill of me moaning about this (vital) issue. I promise I will not do it again. When we reach a structural point worthy of consideration (and we will) I will let you know exactly how raising such an issue will serve the needs of the IGCSE question.
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