What is the best way to structure an essay to be done in 45 mins for GCSE English exams?
An essay on poems, where two poems have to be compared, with reference to a teme mentionned in the question. must be around 1 and a half sides average handwriting.
Since you have a given time limit (45 minutes) and a fairly detailed set of requirements for your essay (comparison of two poems with reference to theme given in the opening statement), you have the opportunity to do a great deal of planning for your essay before you actually sit down for the exam.
Start your preparations by determining a theme about which you can find two poems that you will be comfortable drawing comparisons, or identify two poems that present a common theme but have different points of view for your comparison. You need to identify two poems that are alike in some ways and yet different in others, with some commonality that relates the two pieces above and beyond the similarities and differences.
Your thesis statement should present an overview of the contrasts and likenesses and will state the overarching relationship between the poems. The body of your essay should develop your point of view about each similarity or difference, relating back to that central theme as appropriate. Your conclusion should summarize your comparisons and reemphasize the overall relationship.