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

2 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)

3 Elvis? What do you think of…?

4 Elvis King of Rock and Roll Born January , died August Born in Memphis, Tennessee, to a very religious family Died as a result of overdosing on prescription medication The second of two identical twins (the first was stillborn and named Jesse Garon) Picked on at school for being different – he stuttered and was very quiet His music mixed black and white influences Gyrating hips

5 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.

6 Annotate the text What can you infer and interpret?

7 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? 6 stanzas of quintrains Highly punctuated Italics Enjambement Colour imagery Another monologue taken from the collection ‘The World’s Wife’

8 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 Religious symbolism / Elvis was thought to be the devil (the twin is the opposite of him) His gyrating hips got him banned! Original songs of the church Latin meaning ‘Or Lamb has been sacrificed…’ (Christ) Completely contrasting / contradictory statements As twins, they share the same characteristics What many of his fans believe Where Elvis lived

9 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?

10 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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