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GCSE English Literature. Section B: Poetry – Elvis’s Twin Sister.

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gcse english literature

GCSE English Literature

Section B: Poetry –

Elvis’s Twin Sister

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MUST: Read, understand and annotate the poem Elvis’s Twin Sister (D)SHOULD: Be able to discuss contextual references and imagery (C/B )COULD: Be able to compare and contrast recurrent themes in this and a number of poems (B/A)
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Picked on at school for being different – he stuttered and was very quiet

Born January 8 1935, died August 16 1977

King of Rock and Roll

Elvis

Died as a result of overdosing on prescription medication

Gyrating hips

His music mixed black and white influences

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, to a very religious family

The second of two identical twins (the first was stillborn and named Jesse Garon)

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Are you lonesome tonight? Do you miss me tonight?

Elvis is alive and she’s female: Madonna

In the convent, y’all,

I tend the gardens,

watch things grow,

pray for the immortal soul

of rock ‘n’ roll.

They call me

Sister Presley here.

The Reverend Mother

digs the way I move my hips

just like my brother.

Gregorian chant

drifts out across the herbs

Pascha nostrum immolatus est…

I wear a simple habit,

darkish hues,

a wimple with novice-sewn

lace band, a rosary,

a chain of keys,

a pair of good and sturdy

blue suede shoes.

I think of it

as Graceland here,

a land of grace.

It puts my trademark slow lopsided smile

back on my face.

Lawdy.

I’m alive and well.

Long time since I walked

down Lonely Street

towards Heartbreak Hotel.

annotate the text

Annotate the text

What can you infer and interpret?

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Are you lonesome tonight? Do you miss me tonight?

Elvis is alive and she’s female: Madonna

In the convent, y’all,

I tend the gardens,

watch things grow,

pray for the immortal soul

of rock ‘n’ roll.

They call me

Sister Presley here.

The Reverend Mother

digs the way I move my hips

just like my brother.

Gregorian chant

drifts out across the herbs

Pascha nostrum immolatus est…

I wear a simple habit,

darkish hues,

a wimple with novice-sewn

lace band, a rosary,

a chain of keys,

a pair of good and sturdy

blue suede shoes.

I think of it

as Graceland here,

a land of grace.

It puts my trademark slow lopsided smile

back on my face.

Lawdy.

I’m alive and well.

Long time since I walked

down Lonely Street

towards Heartbreak Hotel.

Epigraph in form of rhetorical question

Madonna is female Elvis or a quote from Madonna?

Colour imagery

6 stanzas of quintrains

Highly punctuated

Enjambement

Another monologue taken from the collection ‘The World’s Wife’

Italics

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Are you lonesome tonight? Do you miss me tonight?

Elvis is alive and she’s female: Madonna

In the convent, y’all,

I tend the gardens,

watch things grow,

pray for the immortal soul

of rock ‘n’ roll.

They call me

Sister Presley here.

The Reverend Mother

digs the way I move my hips

just like my brother.

Gregorian chant

drifts out across the herbs

Pascha nostrum immolatus est…

I wear a simple habit,

darkish hues,

a wimple with novice-sewn

lace band, a rosary,

a chain of keys,

a pair of good and sturdy

blue suede shoes.

I think of it

as Graceland here,

a land of grace.

It puts my trademark slow lopsided smile

back on my face.

Lawdy.

I’m alive and well.

Long time since I walked

down Lonely Street

towards Heartbreak Hotel.

Song by Elvis Presley

American drawl

Completely contrasting / contradictory statements

Where Elvis lived

Religious symbolism / Elvis was thought to be the devil (the twin is the opposite of him)

As twins, they share the same characteristics

His gyrating hips got him banned!

What many of his fans believe

Original songs of the church

Latin meaning ‘Or Lamb has been sacrificed…’ (Christ)

summarise what you now know about the poem
Summarise what you now know about the poem:
  • What is it about? (Content)
  • What themes are covered?
  • What tone does the poem have?
  • What literary devices have been used?
  • How effective is the poem for the reader?
summarise what you now know about the poem10
Summarise what you now know about the poem:
  • What is it about? The imagined ‘other story’ to Elvis’s Twin – from a feminist perspective
  • What themes are covered? Love, religion, chastity
  • What tone does the poem have? Light, Admiring, reflective
  • What literary devices have been used? Enjambement, metaphor, occasional rhyme, religious imagery, epigraph
  • How effective is the poem for the reader?
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