Poetry Anthologies from Educational Syllabuses

Cambridge IGCSE English Literature 0475 2023-25

For those that are studying Cambridge IGCSE Literature in English 0475 course, here is a list of all poems from their syllabus analyzed for the years 2023, 2024, and 2025 (version 2). These are the poems that apply to exams that are to be taken in 2023, 2024, or 2025, with the poems below applicable to Paper 1: Poetry and Prose. If you are struggling to understand any of the terms used in our analysis, explore our literary term glossary.

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Cambridge IGCSE Literature in English 0475

Set texts for examination in 2022 – Paper 1

From Songs of Ourselves Volume 1, Part 4, the following 15 poems:

  1. Margaret Atwood, ‘The City Planners’
  2. Boey Kim Cheng, ‘The Planners’
  3. Thom Gunn, ‘The Man with Night Sweats’
  4. Robert Lowell, ‘Night Sweat’
  5. Edward Thomas, ‘Rain’
  6. Anne Stevenson, ‘The Spirit is too Blunt an Instrument’
  7. Tony Harrison, ‘From Long Distance’ (a.k.a ‘Long Distance II’)
  8. W. H. Auden, ‘Funeral Blues’
  9. Thomas Hardy, ‘He Never Expected Much’
  10. Fleur Adcock, ‘The Telephone Call’
  11. Peter Porter, ‘A Consumer’s Report’ (still analysing)
  12. Judith Wright, ‘Request To A Year’
  13. Charles Tennyson Turner, ‘On Finding a Small Fly Crushed in a Book’
  14. Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘Ozymandias’
  15. Stevie Smith, ‘Away, Melancholy’

From Songs of Ourselves Volume 2, Part 4, the following 15 poems:

  1. Elizabeth Thomas (‘Corinna’), ‘The Forsaken Wife’
  2. Philip Bourke Marston, ‘After’ (still analysing)
  3. Algernon Charles Swinburne, ‘A Leave-Taking’
  4. Sir Thomas Wyatt, ‘I Find No Peace’
  5. James Joyce, ‘I Hear an Army’
  6. Charlotte Mew, ‘Rooms’
  7. Robert Browning, ‘Love in a Life’
  8. Lauris Edmond, ‘Waterfall’
  9. Mary Monck (‘Marinda’), ‘Verses Written on Her Death-bed at Bath to Her Husband in London’
  10. A. R. D. Fairburn, ‘Rhyme of the Dead Self’
  11. Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘Stanzas Written in Dejection, Near Naples’
  12. Derek Walcott, ‘Nearing Forty’
  13. Elinor Morton Wylie, ‘Now Let No Charitable Hope’
  14. Alexander Pope, ‘From An Essay on Criticism’ (still analysing)
  15. Henry Wotton, ‘The Character of a Happy Life’

Ted Hughes, the following 15 poems:

  1. The Thought-Fox
  2. The Harvest Moon
  3. The Jaguar
  4. Football at Slack
  5. The Horses
  6. Roe-Deer
  7. Wind
  8. ‘A Memory’ (still analysing)
  9. Relic
  10. Telegraph Wires
  11. Hawk Roosting
  12. Anniversary
  13. Cat and Mouse
  14. The Other
  15. Snowdrop
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2 thoughts on “Cambridge IGCSE English Literature 0475 2023-25”

  1. We have updated this syllabus. The latest syllabus is version 2, published January 2021. What has changed? Detail Changes to syllabus content • ‘The Planners’ by Boey Kim Cheng has replaced ‘The Bay’ by James K Baxter in set texts for Paper 1: for examination in 2023 (page 8), 2024 (page 12) and 2025 (page 16). We have not updated the specimen materials for this syllabus. Please check the updated syllabus for further information. The syllabus has been updated. You are strongly advised to read the whole syllabus before planning your teaching programme.

    CIE January 2021; your list is wrong for Volume 1, Part Four. Please amend.

    • Hello Dan, thank you for taking the time to spot that – we’ve corrected the issue, so the syllabus is updated. We’ll do our best to make sure all syllabuses are updated so they are as accurate as possible.


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