Poetry Anthologies from Educational Syllabuses

AQA AS and A Level English Literature A (7711 and 7712)

For those that are studying English Literature A at AS (7711) and A level (7712) on the AQA board of examiners, here is a list of the poems from their specification analysed. Students can either choose to study from one of two set lists: AQA anthology of love poetry through the ages pre-1900 or post-1900. Please feel free to skip to the list most applicable and read the analysis of the poem/s most relevant to you. If you want a poem to be analysed that you cannot find on the site too, please feel free to contact us.


AQA AS (7711) and A Level (7712) English Literature A

Anthology: love poetry through the ages post-1900

  1. I, being born a woman by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  2. Love and a Question by Robert Frost
  3. A quoi bon dire by Charlotte Mew
  4. One Flesh by Elizabeth Jennings
  5. Meeting Point by Louis MacNeice
  6. For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton
  7. Wild Oats by Philip Larkin
  8. Talking in Bed by Philip Larkin
  9. Punishment by Seamus Heaney
  10. Vergissmeinnicht by Keith Douglas
  11. Timer by Tony Harrison
  12. The Love Poem by Carol Ann Duffy
  13. Long Finish by Paul Muldoon
  14. To John Donne by Michael Symmons Roberts
  15. After the Lunch by Wendy Cope


Anthology: love poetry through the ages pre-1900

  1. Whose list to Hunt by Sir Thomas Wyatt
  2. Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
  3. The Flea by John Donne
  4. To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
  5. The Scrutiny by Richard Lovelace
  6. Absent from Thee by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
  7. The Garden of Love by William Blake
  8. As Fond Kiss by Robert Burns
  9. She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron
  10. Remember by Christina Rossetti
  11. The Ruined Maid by Thomas Hardy
  12. At an Inn by Thomas Hardy
  13. La Belle Dame sans Merci by John Keats
  14. Non sun qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae by Ernest Dowson

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