Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) 0475 2020-21 Poems Analysed

For those that are studying the Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) 0475 course, there is a list of poems for which the student must study in preparation of answering a question about any one of them, taken from the syllabus. This includes 45 poems, with 15 of them from Carol Ann Duffy. Since has the largest database of poetry analysis on the internet, you can find below every poem analyzed from the IGCSE course for applicable for 2020-21, which, in total, is 45 poems for 2020-21 (if it has not yet been analyzed, we are working very hard to get it analyzed as soon as possible). 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.


Cambridge IGCSE Literature 0475 (English)

2020-21 – Set texts for Paper 1

From Songs of Ourselves Volume 1, Part 3, the following 15 poems:

  1. Maya Angelou, ‘Caged Bird’
  2. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, ‘Sonnet 43’ (How do I love thee?)
  3. James K Baxter, ‘Farmhand’
  4. Sujata Bhatt, ‘Muliebrity’
  5. Isobel Dixon, ‘Plenty’
  6. Rosemary Dobson, ‘The Three Fates’
  7. Robert Hayden, ‘Those Winter Sundays’
  8. Seamus Heaney, ‘Mid-Term Break’
  9. Mervyn Morris, ‘Little Boy Crying’
  10. Norman Nicholson, ‘Rising Five’
  11. Adrienne Rich, ‘Amends’
  12. Edna St Vincent Millay, ‘Sonnet 29’
  13. Dennis Scott, ‘Marrysong’
  14. Stevie Smith, ‘Not Waving But Drowning’
  15. William Wordsworth, ‘She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways’


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

  1. Kofi Awoonor, ‘The Sea Eats the Land at Home’
  2. Robert Bridges, ‘London Snow’
  3. Billy Collins, ‘Afternoon with Irish Cows’
  4. David Constantine, ‘Watching for Dolphins’
  5. William Cowper, ‘The Poplar-Field’
  6. Allen Curnow, ‘You Will Know When You Get There’
  7. Gerard Manley Hopkins, ‘The Caged Skylark’
  8. Elizabeth Jennings, ‘In Praise of Creation’
  9. John Keats, ‘Ode on Melancholy’
  10. Philip Larkin, ‘Coming’
  11. Ruth Pitter, ‘Stormcock in Elder’
  12. Peter Reading, ‘Cetacean’
  13. Edna St Vincent Millay, ‘The Buck in the Snow’
  14. Charlotte Smith, ‘Written Near a Port on a Dark Evening’
  15. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, ‘The Kraken’


Carol Ann Duffy, the following 15 poems:

  1. ‘Head of English’
  2. ‘War Photographer’
  3. ‘Recognition’
  4. ‘Stealing’
  5. ‘Foreign’
  6. ‘Originally’
  7. ‘In Mrs Tilscher’s Class’
  8. ‘We Remember Your Childhood Well’
  9. ‘The Darling Letters’
  10. ‘In Your Mind’
  11. ‘The Good Teachers’
  12. ‘Valentine’
  13. ‘A Child’s Sleep’
  14. ‘Death of a Teacher’
  15. ‘Prayer’

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  • are all the poems in the exam or they pick randomly

    • Lee-James Bovey says:

      I think in AQA they pick two of them at random so you have to make sure you know them all pretty well.

  • Arjun Chadha says:

    Do the students have to learn all 45, or pick between the three anthologies (therefore only learn 15 poems?)

    • Lee-James Bovey says:

      I’m not sure if it varies from board to board but at the school, I’m currently placed at the students are expected to learn 15 poems (they are focusing on war and conflict) I hope that helps.

    • Tinotenda Yona says:

      they have to pick between the 3 anthologies therefore study only 15

  • Hi, I had a question. How can there be 45 set texts for one paper? I’m confused.

    • Lee-James Bovey says:

      It isn’t 45 set texts. Just 45 poems.

  • who’s here because of mr Plowden

      • Lee-James Bovey says:

        seems unanimous!

    • englsih :) says:

      im here cause of my english teach 🙂

      • Lee-James Bovey says:

        They must be a great teacher!

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