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Every Leaving Cert has the same prayer about tomorrow's English Paper II

Jun 3rd 2015, 10:23 AM 8,602 2

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TOMORROW AFTERNOON THIS year’s Leaving Cert students will sit down to battle their way through English Paper II.

That’s right, the one teeming with poetry, plays and novels; with lengthy questions and comparisons.

Each year there is a fervent hope that a particular prescribed poet will ‘come up’, after months of speculation and predictions.

We all remember that fateful June day in 2012 when neither Sylvia Plath nor Seamus Heaney appeared on Paper II, much to the dismay of thousands of teens.


This year, it’s Tyrone poet John Montague who’s the dream ticket, followed by Cork’s Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. It’s a generally accepted (but not steadfast) rule that at least one Irish poet comes up in the prescribed poetry section.

There are promises…


More threats…

And dramatics….

The procrastination is SO strong that some students have taken it upon themselves to set up parody accounts for their favourite poets.

Well done brave parody soldier(s). Your work does not go unappreciated.

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