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For and Against Memorizing Poetry

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This petition was submitted during the 2010–2015 Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government; the deadline 30 March 2015. At the time is attracted only 366 signatures, despite being widely circulated as a link on social media. Petition: End of GCSE English Literature for All, 2017 GCSE English Literature from 2017 will require students to remember between 15 and 18 (depending on exam board) poems in an exam in order to 'closely analyse' them. Signatories ask government to consult with the English teaching community as to whether this is the fairest and most meaningful way of assessing students' understanding and appreciation of poetry. There has been no such consultation on this matter to date. Meanwhile the learning of poetry for public recitation is increasingly popular. Moving beyond the controversial rote-learning for exams issue, this blog explores some of the advantages and disadvantages of learning poetry for pu

World's worst writing and cliche speech

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“So, with all due respect, at the end of the day, I personally, I'm fairly unique, whatever? So I’m, well, so absolutely annoyed by English language clich├ęs. It’s a nightmare. At this moment in time I shouldn’t of   mentioned it, but it irritates me 24/7. So try to be a bit more original, going forward: it's not rocket science!” Further Reading : It's so annoying (The Spectator) Did the SO controversy start in 2011?  BBC ( Daily Telegraph ) Most annoying phrase s in the English language; Top Ten ; Worst business jargon .