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NATIONAL
SENIOR CERTIFICATE

GRADE 12

ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE P2
NOVEMBER 2009
MEMORANDUM

MARKS: 80

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NOTE TO MARKERS




This marking memorandum is intended as a guide for markers.
The memorandum will be discussed with the marking panel before marking commences at the marking centre.
Candidates’ responses must be considered on their merits.

MARKING GUIDELINES












Wherever a candidate has answered more than the required number of questions, mark only the first answer/response. (The candidate may not answer the essay and the contextual question on the same genre.)

In SECTION A, if a candidate has answered all four questions on seen poems, mark only the first two.
In SECTIONS B and C, if a candidate has answered two contextual or two essay questions, mark the first one and ignore the second. If a candidate has answered all four questions, mark only the first answer in each section, provided that one contextual and one essay has been answered. If a candidate gives two answers where the first one is wrong and the next one is correct, mark the first answer and ignore the next.

If answers are incorrectly numbered, mark according to the memo. If a spelling error affects the meaning, mark incorrect. If it does not affect the meaning, mark correct.
Essay question: If the essay is shorter than the required word count, do not penalise because the candidate has already penalised him/herself. If the essay is too long, consider and assess a maximum of 50 words beyond the required word count and ignore the rest of the essay.

Contextual questions: If the candidate does not use inverted commas when asked to quote, do not penalise.
Answers to contextual questions must be assessed holistically in the light of the discussion during the standardisation of the marking memorandum. Part marks should be awarded in proportion to the fullness of the response to each question.

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SECTION A: POETRY
QUESTION 1: PRESCRIBED POETRY: ESSAY
MUSHROOMS: SYLVIA PLATH
Use the following, amongst others, as a guide to marking this question. Responses might differ, depending on the candidate’s sensitivity to and understanding of the poem, and the poet’s intention.















Plath uses mushrooms, considered soft and yielding, to show the power that exists as they force their way through the earth. She writes about the unobtrusive yet forceful manner in which they are able to assert themselves. She shows that they do not accept opposition but, in their own quiet way, are able to declare their rights. This whole process takes place quietly and without obvious show of force. However, at the end they are achieving their goal.

Central image of mushrooms, considered ‘soft’, making their way through the loam.
Unexpected inversion as mushrooms are shown to possess great power. Images of growth as mushrooms push their way through the soil. Images of hidden strength.
Logical argument.
Poem divided into stanzas, each furthering the poet’s ideas. Use of enjambement moves poem forward with ease.
Personification. Examples in poem suggest the growth of the mushrooms – ‘Our toes,...on the loam’ – reinforces power.
Reader directly addressed. Reinforced in a tone that is conversational and inviting. Repetition to enforce power and intention to succeed.
Some candidates may mention the influence of the Women’s Struggle for power as a theme/image/concern in the poem. Accept this as valid.

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QUESTION 2: PRESCRIBED POETRY: CONTEXTUAL
Extract from ODE TO AUTUMN: JOHN KEATS
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