Poetry Anthologies from Educational Syllabuses

Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) 0486 2017-18 Poems Analysed

For those that are studying the Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) 0486 course, there are a list of poems for which the student must study in preparation of answering a question about anyone of them, taken from the syllabus. As for where the poems are from, there are a few anthologies (with a number of volumes) of poems named Songs of Ourselves: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Poetry in English . Since PoemAnalysis.com has the largest database of poetry analysis on the internet, you can find below every poem analysed from the IGCSE course for applicable for 2017-18, which, in total, is 45 poems for 2017-18 (if it has not yet been analysed, we are working very hard to get it analysed as soon as possible). Please feel free to skip to the poem most relevant to you and if you want a poem to be analysed that you cannot find on the site too, feel free to contact us.

The syllabus for this course is changing in 2019. With this, an updated article will be published by PoemAnalysis.com with the new list of poems for the updated course and the different poems, found in the updated syllabus.


Cambridge IGCSE Literature 0486 (English) Poems

From Songs of Ourselves Volume 1, Part 5, the following 15 poems:

  1. Fleur Adock, ‘For Heidi With Blue Hair’
  2. James K Baxter, ‘Elegy For My Father’s Father’
  3. Elizabeth Bishop, ‘One Art’
  4. Boey Kim Cheng, ‘Reservist’
  5. Emily Brontë, ‘Cold In The Earth’
  6. Robert Browning, ‘Meeting At Night’
  7. Emily Dickinson, ‘Because I could not stop for Death’
  8. Philip Larkin, ‘The Trees’
  9. Charlotte Mew, ‘The Trees Are Down’
  10. Grace Nichols, ‘Praise Song For My Mother’
  11. Wilfred Owen, ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’
  12. Siegfried Sassoon, ‘Attack’
  13. Stephen Spender, ‘My Parents’
  14. Alfred Lord Tennyson, ‘Song: Tears, Idle Tears
  15. Hone Tuwhare, ‘Friend’


From Songs of Ourselves Volume 2, Part 1, the following 15 poems:

  1. William Blake, ‘The Clod and the Pebble’
  2. Patricia Beer, ‘The Lost Woman …’
  3. Dilip Chitre, ‘Father Returning Home’
  4. Amanda Chong, ‘lion heart’ 
  5. John Donne, ‘Lovers’ Infiniteness’
  6. George Herbert, ‘Love (III)’
  7. Sam Hunt, ‘Stabat Mater’
  8. Emma Jones, ‘Tiger in the Menagerie’
  9. John Keats, ‘Last Sonnet’
  10. Liz Lochhead, ‘For My Grandmother Knitting’
  11. Kathleen Raine, ‘Passion’
  12. Owen Sheers, ‘Coming Home’
  13. Edith Sitwell, ‘Heart and Mind’
  14. William Wordsworth, ‘She was a Phantom of Delight’
  15. Lady Mary Wroth, ‘Song: Love a child, is ever crying’


Collected Poems by Gillian Clarke (Carcanet):

  1. Journey
  2. Babysitting
  3. Catrin
  4. Still Life
  5. Lunchtime Lecture
  6. Miracle on St David’s Day
  7. Buzzard
  8. Friesian Bull
  9. Heron at Port Talbot
  10. Neighbours
  11. My Box
  12. Pipistrelle
  13. Clocks
  14. Musician
  15. Family House

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