Category: English B

West Indies, U.S.A by Stewart Brown

Cruising at thirty thousand feet above the endless green the island seems like dice tossed on a casino’s baize, some come up lucky, others not. Puerto Rico takes the pot, the Dallas of the West Indies, silver linings on the clouds as we descend are hall-marked, San Juan glitters like a maverick’s gold ring. All…...

Forgive My Guilt by Robert P. Tristram

American Poet, Robert P. Tristram, is known for his many poems, ballads and essays that were often based on New England farm and seafaring life. His works depicted the good in the world. The poem discussed here departs from the cheery narrative and takes on a morose tone as the persona, now an adult,  laments…...

English B Past Paper–May 14, 2014

CARIBBEAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL CARIBBEAN SECONDARY EDUCATION CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION ENGLISH B  Paper 01–General Proficiency 1 hour 45 minutes 14 MAY 2014 READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY This paper consists of THREE questions. Answer ALL questions. Begin EACH question on a new page. Each question is worth 20 marks. You are advised to spend some time to…...

Once Upon a Time by Gabriel Okara

Gabriel Okara is a Nigerian poet and novelist. He is well known for his poems, “Piano and Drums” and “You Laughed and Laughed and Laughed”. His poetry is often based on a series of contrasts in which symbols are neatly balanced against each other; and he incorporates African thought religion, folklore and imagery in his…...

Prose Fiction

We will look at terms you need to be comfortable with when discussing Prose Fiction. Forms of Prose Fiction Novels An extended work of fiction written in prose. Its magnitude permits a great variety of characters, greater complication of plot (or plots), greater development of the characters’ social environment, and more sustained exploration of character…...

Poetry

In this post we will look at the terms you will need to be comfortable with when discussing poetry. The prescribed poetry for CSEC 2015 is listed here. Elements of Poetry Rhyme The standard rhyme consists of the repetition, in the rhyming words, of the last stressed vowel and of all the speech sounds following…...

Drama

In this post we will look at terms you will need to understand when discussing dramas. The prescribed drama texts for CXC 2015 are: Julius Ceasar by William Shakespeare and The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka. While reading those texts, bear these terms in mind for future analysis. Elements of Drama Act An…...

Common Terms/Concepts in Literature

We will look at some common terms/concepts that may present themselves in literary discussions, and quite possibly on your English Literature exam. Dramatic Significance This refers to the elements of drama, acting in unity to effect the purpose of the play. If something is dramatically significant it may serve to advance the plot, develop a…...

A Contemplation Upon Flowers by Henry King

BRAVE flowers–that I could gallant it like you,And be as little vain!You come abroad, and make a harmless show,And to your beds of earth again.You are not proud: you know your birth:For your embroider’d garments are from earth.You do obey your months and times, but IWould have it ever Spring:My fate would know no Winter,…...