AQA GCSE English Literature ‘Past and Present’ Poetry Anthology Analysed

Here at, we have the largest database of poetry analysis online and that is a fact! For those that are studying English Literature (8702) at GCSE level on the AQA board of examiners, here is a list of the poems from their Past and Present: poetry anthology analysed. This includes both sections from the ‘Love and Relationships’ and ‘Power and Conflict’ lists. Therefore, please feel free to skip to the poem 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 English Literature (8702) – Past and Present: Poems Anthology

Love and Relationships

  1. Lord Byron – When We Two Parted
  2. Percy Bysshe Shelley – Love’s Philosophy
  3. Robert Browning – Porphyria’s Lover
  4. Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Sonnet 29 – ‘I think of thee!’
  5. Thomas Hardy – Neutral Tones
  6. Maura Dooley – Letters From Yorkshire
  7. Charlotte Mew – The Farmer’s Bride
  8. Cecil Day Lewis – Walking Away
  9. Charles Causley – Eden Rock
  10. Seamus Heaney – Follower
  11. Simon Armitage – Mother, any distance
  12. Carol Ann Duffy – Before You Were Mine
  13. Owen Sheers – Winter Swans
  14. Daljit Nagra – Singh Song!
  15. Andrew Waterhouse – Climbing My Grandfather


Power and Conflict

  1. Percy Bysshe Shelley – Ozymandias
  2. William Blake – London
  3. William Wordsworth – Extract from, The Prelude
  4. Robert Browning – My Last Duchess
  5. Alfred Lord Tennyson – The Charge of the Light Brigade
  6. Wilfred Owen – Exposure
  7. Seamus Heaney – Storm on the Island
  8. Ted Hughes – Bayonet Charge
  9. Simon Armitage – Remains
  10. Jane Weir – Poppies
  11. Carol Ann Duffy – War Photographer
  12. Imtiaz Dharker – Tissue
  13. Carol Rumens – The Émigrée
  14. John Agard – Checking Out Me History
  15. Beatrice Garland – Kamikaze

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