Extended Essay  : English


Is it a good idea to write a whole EE on literary technique

by marie on 06 Aug 2004 06:19 pm

LadyNamibia asked:

Do you think it's a good idea to write the entire EE on literary technique in one poem? I'm having a really hard time thinking of something...though I know it'll be something on Sylvia Plath... Any suggestions?

DrSoySauce answered:

I did mine in English, on the novels of Raymond Chandler, which is a bit different that what you're considering, but I wouldn't reccomend doing it on one poem. It's hard to write 4,000 words about the literary features of one poem, and you won't get full marks in all the categories.

If you wanted to do something on Sylvia Plath, it would be better to do comparisons of a few poems, or talk about the significance of a couple aspects of her work, or compare her to another poet. Someone in my class did a comparison of metaphysical poets, and it worked out well for him.


Location: Cambridge, UK

by kildare on 08 Aug 2004 01:33 am

I reckon you'd have a very hard job staying fresh and interesting for 4,000 words on a single poem. You're also going to run into problems when it comes to the research (will one poem have THAT much written about it) and the comparitive aspects of the essay: two facets which the IB consider very important.


Location: Geneva/Ireland/Oxford

by Levi on 09 Aug 2004 01:44 am

Literary techinique is a very good topic, and is the sort of thing you should focus on. However, limiting yourself to one poem might be problematic. Perhaps you could do a more comparative study of techniques in a series of related poems of Plath.


Location: Cambridge

by ysl89 on 12 Jan 2008 01:59 pm

Does anyone know where i can get sample English extended essays?