AQA GCSE English Literature: Poems Past and Present

AQA GCSE English Literature: Poems Past and Present

AQA GCSE English Literature: Poems Past and Present Anthology Love and Relationships
Poem

Poet

Context

When We Two Parted

Lord Byron

(1788-1824) English poet and famous member of the Romantic movement.

Love's Philosophy

Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822) Friend of Lord Byron and also a famous Romantic movement poet

Porphyrias Lover

Robert Browning

(1812-1889) Popular Victorian poet, known for dramatic monologues. Married to Elizabeth Barrett
Browning.

Sonnet 29 I think of
thee

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(1806-1861) already a popular poet before she married Robert. Suffered ill health throughout her life
and was often unable to leave the house.

Neutral Tones

Thomas Hardy

(1840-1928) Initially more popular for his novels such as Far From the Madding Crowd.

The Farmers Bride

Charlotte Mew

(1869-1928) Became more popular after her death. Her life was full of sadness and tragedy and many
members of her family suffered mental illness. She committed suicide.

Walking Away

Cecil Day Lewis

(1904-1972) best remembered for being the Poet Laureate in the last few years of his life. Also wrote
detective fiction.

Letters from Yorkshire

Maura Dooley

(born 1957) successful writer and teacher, lives in London

Eden Rock

Charles Causley

(1917 2003) quiet modest man, lived all his life in Cornwall. Famous for childrens poetry.

Follower

Seamus Heaney

(1939-2013) one of the most famous 20th century poets and won the Nobel prize for literature in 1995.
Oldest son of a large farming family in Northern Ireland.

Mother, Any Distance

Simon Armitage

(born 1963) This poem is from a book of sonnets called Book of Matches written around the poets 30 th
birthday.

Before You Were Mine

Carol Ann Duffy

(born 1959) Duffy is the first woman to be British Poet Laureate, a post she has held since 2009

Winter Swans

Owen Sheers

(born 1974) A Welsh writer and poet, Welsh history and identity features heavily in his poetry.

Singh Song

Daljit Nagra

(born 1966) British poet born to Sikh Punjabi parents. Lots of his poetry explores the experience of first
generation immigrants to Britain and pokes fun at his own culture and stereotypes

Climbing My Grandfather

Andrew Waterhouse

(1958-2001) A poet and musician who was passionate about the environment. He was a very private
person who struggled with depression and eventually committed suicide.

Paper 2 AQA GCSE English Literature Modern Texts and Poetry
one question asking you to compare two of these poems plus
two questions on Unseen Poetry
Assessment Objectives

AO1 (22.5%) Read, understand and respond to texts. Students
should be able to:
maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal

response
use textual references, including quotations, to support

and illustrate interpretations

AO2 (27.5%): Analyse the language, form and structure used by a
writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject
terminology where appropriate.

AO3 (7.5%): Show understanding of the relationships between
texts and the contexts in which they were written.

AO4 (2.5%) Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures
for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and
punctuation.

Themes
Love
Family relationships
Passionate feelings
Broken relationships
Tragic endings
Healed relationships
Differences between parent and child perspectives
Dependence and independence

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