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AQA GCSE ‘Moon on the Tides’ Poetry Anthology Analysed

PoemAnalysis.com is the number one website on the internet for poetry analysis, with the largest database of poems analyzed. With this, we have already seen our team of poetry experts analyze all of the poems from the likes of ‘Past and Present’ poetry anthology from the AQA Examiner’s Board as well as Pearson Edexcel’s Poetry Anthology too. Poems relating to GCSE syllabuses tend to be very good poems for our team to analyze, that have been picked well by examiners and teachers alike. For this reason, here is a list of all of the poems from AQA’s Poetry Anthology, ‘Moon of the Tides’, analyzed. Please feel free to skip to the poem most relevant to you and if you want a poem to be analyzed that you cannot find on the site too, feel free to contact us.


AQA English Literature GCSE – ‘Moon of the Tides’ Poetry Anthology

Character and Voice

  1. ‘The Clown Punk’ by Simon Armitage
  2. ‘Checking Out Me History’ by John Agard
  3. ‘Horse Whisperer’ by Andrew Forster
  4. ‘Medusa’ by Carol Ann Duffy
  5. ‘Singh Song!’ by Daljit Nagra
  6. ‘Brendon Gallacher’ by Jackie Kay
  7. ‘Give’ by Simon Armitage
  8. ‘Les Grands Seigneurs’ by Dorothy Molloy
  9. ‘Ozymandias’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  10. ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning
  11. ‘The River God’ by Stevie Smith
  12. ‘The Hunchback in the Park’ by Dylan Thomas
  13. ‘The Ruined Maid’ by Thomas Hardy
  14. ‘Casehistory: Alison (head injury)’ by U.A. Fanthorpe
  15. ‘On a Portrait of a Deaf Man’ by John Betjeman



  1. ‘The Blackbird of Glanmore’ by Seamus Heaney
  2. ‘A Vision’ by Simon Armitage
  3. ‘The Moment’ by Margaret Atwood
  4. ‘Cold Knap Lake’ by Gillian Clarke
  5. ‘Price We Pay for the Sun’ by Grace Nichols
  6. ‘Neighbours’ by Gillian Clarke
  7. ‘Crossing the Loch’ by Kathleen Jamie
  8. ‘Hard Water’ by Jean Sprackland
  9. ‘London’ by William Blake
  10. ‘The Prelude’ extract by William Wordsworth
  11. ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’ by W.B. Yeats
  12. ‘Spellbound’ by Emily Brontë
  13. ‘Below the Green Corrie’ by Norman MacCaig
  14. ‘Storm in the Black Forest’ by D.H. Lawrence
  15. ‘Wind’ by Ted Hughes



  1. ‘Flag’ by John Agard
  2. ‘Out of the Blue’ extract by Simon Armitage
  3. ‘Mametz Wood’ by Owen Sheers
  4. ‘The Yellow Palm’ by Robert Minhinnick
  5. ‘The Right Word’ by Imtiaz Dharker
  6. ‘At the Border’ by Choman Hardi
  7. ‘Belfast Confetti’ by Ciaran Carson
  8. ‘Poppies’ by Jane Weir
  9. ‘Futility’ by Wilfred Owen
  10. ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred Tennyson
  11. ‘Bayonet Charge’ by Ted Hughes
  12. ‘The Falling Leaves’ by Margaret Postgate Cole
  13. ‘Come On, Come Back’ by Stevie Smith
  14. ‘next to of course god america i’ by E.E. Cummings
  15. ‘Hawk Roosting’ by Ted Hughes



  1. ‘The Manhunt’ by Simon Armitage
  2. ‘Hour’ by Carol Ann Duffy
  3. ‘In Paris With You’ by James Fenton
  4. ‘Quickdraw’ by Carol Ann Duffy
  5. ‘Ghazal’ by Mimi Khalvati
  6. ‘Brothers’ by Andrew Forster
  7. ‘Praise Song for My Mother’ by Grace Nichols
  8. ‘Harmonium’ by Simon Armitage
  9. Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
  10. Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  11. ‘To His Coy Mistress’ by Andrew Marvell
  12. ‘The Farmer’s Bride’ by Charlotte Mew
  13. ‘Sister Maude’ by Christina Rossetti
  14. ‘Nettles’ by Vernon Scannell
  15. ‘Born Yesterday’ by Phillip Larkin
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