Poetry Anthologies from Educational Syllabuses

Edexcel International Advanced Level (XET01 and YET01) English Lit Poems Analyzed

Get More from Every Poem

Exclusive content, Poem Guides, PDF Resources, Engage with Poetry Experts, and more.

For those who are studying International Advanced Level English Literature on the Pearson Edexcel board of examiners, here is a list of the required poems analyzed. This includes all the selected poems, mentioned in the Edexcel specification for the syllabus.

Please feel free to skip to the poem most relevant to you. If you want a poem to be analyzed that you cannot find on the site too, please feel free to contact us.

Edexcel International Advanced Level English Literature (XET01 and YET01)

Unit 1: Post-2000 Poetry

  1. Eat Me by Patience Agbabi [PDF Guide]
  2. Chainsaw Versus the Pampas Grass by Simon Armitage [PDF Guide]
  3. Material by Ros Barber [PDF Guide]
  4. History by John Burnside [PDF Guide]
  5. An Easy Passage by Julia Copus [PDF Guide]
  6. The Deliverer by Tishani Doshi [PDF Guide]
  7. The Map Woman by Carol Ann Duffy [PDF Guide]
  8. The Lammas Hireling by Ian Duhig [PDF Guide]
  9. To My Nine-Year-Old Self by Helen Dunmore [PDF Guide]
  10. A Minor Role by U A Fanthorpe [PDF Guide]
  11. The Gun by Vicki Feaver [PDF Guide]
  12. The Furthest Distances I’ve Travelled by Leontia Flynn [PDF Guide]
  13. Giuseppe by Roderick Ford [PDF Guide]
  14. Out of the Bag by Seamus Heaney [PDF Guide]
  15. Effects by Alan Jenkins [PDF Guide]
  16. Genetics by Sinéad Morrissey [PDF Guide]
  17. From the Journal of a Disappointed Man by Andrew Motion [PDF Guide]
  18. Look We Have Coming to Dover by Daljit Nagra [PDF Guide]
  19. Please Hold by Ciaran O’Driscoll [PDF Guide]
  20. On Her Blindness by Adam Thorpe [PDF Guide]
  21. Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn by Tim Turnbull [PDF Guide]

Unit 4: Pre-1900 Poetry

John Donne [PDF Guide]:

  1. The Flea [PDF Guide]
  2. The Good Morrow [PDF Guide]
  3. Song (‘Go and catch a falling star’) [PDF Guide]
  4. Woman’s Constancy [PDF Guide]
  5. The Sun Rising [PDF Guide]
  6. A Valediction of Weeping [PDF Guide]
  7. A Nocturnal Upon St Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day [PDF Guide]
  8. The Apparition [PDF Guide]
  9. Elegy: To his Mistress Going to Bed [PDF Guide]
  10. ‘At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners’ [PDF Guide]
  11. ‘Death be not Proud [PDF Guide]
  12. ‘Batter My Heart’ [PDF Guide]
  13. A Hymn to God the Father [PDF Guide]

George Herbert:

  1. Redemption [PDF Guide]
  2. The Collar [PDF Guide]
  3. The Pulley [PDF Guide]
  4. Love III [PDF Guide]
  5. To My Mistress Sitting by a River’s Side: An Eddy [PDF Guide]
  6. To a Lady that Desired I Would Love Her [PDF Guide]
  7. A Song (‘Ask me no more where Jove bestows’) [PDF Guide]

Thomas Carew:

  • A Letter to her Husband, Absent upon Public Engagement (still analysing)

Richard Lovelace:

Andrew Marvell:

  1. The Nymph Complaining for the Death of her Fawn [PDF Guide]
  2. To His Coy Mistress [PDF Guide]
  3. The Definition of Love [PDF Guide]

Henry Vaughan:

  1. Unprofitableness [PDF Guide]
  2. The World [PDF Guide]

Kathleen Philips:

  1. To My Excellent Lucasia, on Our Friendship [PDF Guide]
  2. A Dialogue of Friendship Multiplied (still analysing)
  3. Orinda to Lucasia [PDF Guide]

William Blake [PDF Guide]:

  1. Songs of Innocence: Holy Thursday [PDF Guide]
  2. Songs of Experience: Holy Thursday [PDF Guide]
  3. Songs of Experience: The Sick Rose [PDF Guide]
  4. Songs of Experience: The Tyger [PDF Guide]
  5. Songs of Experience: London [PDF Guide]

William Wordsworth [PDF Guide]:

  1. Lines Written in Early Spring [PDF Guide]
  2. Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey [PDF Guide]
  3. Ode: Intimations of Immortality [PDF Guide]

Lord Byron [PDF Guide]:

  1. Lines Inscribed upon a Cup Formed from a Skull [PDF Guide]
  2. So We’ll Go no more A Roving [PDF Guide]
  3. On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year [PDF Guide]

Percy Bysshe Shelley [PDF Guide]:

  1. ‘The cold earth slept below’ [PDF Guide]
  2. Stanzas Written in Dejection, near Naples [PDF Guide]
  3. Ode to the West Wind [PDF Guide]
  4. The Question [PDF Guide]

John Keats [PDF Guide]:

  1. Ode to a Nightingale [PDF Guide]
  2. Ode on a Grecian Urn [PDF Guide]
  3. Ode on Melancholy [PDF Guide]
  4. Sonnet on the Sea (still analysing)

Alfred Lord Tennyson [PDF Guide]:

  1. From In Memoriam: VII ‘Dark house, by which once more I stand’ [PDF Guide]
  2. From In Memoriam: XCV ‘By night we linger’d on the lawn’ [PDF Guide]
  3. From Maud: I.xi ‘O let the solid ground’ [PDF Guide]
  4. From Maud: I.xviii ‘I have led her home, my love, my only friend’ [PDF Guide]
  5. From Maud: I.xxii ‘Come into the garden, Maud’ (still analysing)
  6. From Maud: II.iv ‘O that ’twere possible’ [PDF Guide]

Emily Brontë [PDF Guide] and Charlotte Brontë:

  1. The Visionary [PDF Guide]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning [PDF Guide]:

  1. Grief [PDF Guide]
  2. from Sonnets from the Portuguese XXIV ‘Let the world’s sharpness, like a closing knife’ [PDF Guide]
  3. The Best Thing in the World [PDF Guide]
  4. ‘Died…’ [PDF Guide]

Robert Browning [PDF Guide]:

  1. My Last Duchess [PDF Guide]
  2. Home-Thoughts, from Abroad [PDF Guide]
  3. Meeting at Night [PDF Guide]
  4. Love in a Life [PDF Guide]

Charlotte Bronte:

  1. ‘The Autumn day its course has run–the Autumn evening falls’ [PDF Guide]
  2. ‘The house was still–the room was still’ [PDF Guide]
  3. ‘I now had only to retrace’ [PDF Guide]
  4. ‘The Nurse believed the sick man slept’ [PDF Guide]

Charlotte Brontë (perhaps by Emily Brontë [PDF Guide]):

  1. Stanzas – [‘Often rebuked, yet always back returning’] [PDF Guide]

Christina Rossetti [PDF Guide]:

  1. Remember [PDF Guide]
  2. Echo [PDF Guide]
  3. May [PDF Guide]
  4. A Birthday [PDF Guide]
  5. Somewhere or Other (still analysing)

Thomas Hardy [PDF Guide]:

  1. At an Inn [PDF Guide]
  2. ‘I Look into My Glass’ [PDF Guide]
  3. Drummer Hodge [PDF Guide]
  4. A Wife in London [PDF Guide]
  5. The Darkling Thrush [PDF Guide]

Poetry+ helps you understand poetry better

Upgrade to Poetry+ and get unlimited access to exclusive content.

Printable Poem Guides

Covering every poem on Poem Analysis (all 4,377 and counting).

Printable PDF Resources

Covering Poets, Rhyme Schemes, Movements, Meter, and more.

Ad-Free Experience

Enjoy Poem Analysis without adverts.

Engage with Poetry Experts

Comment on any poem and have an expert reply.

Tooltip Definitions

Understand literary terms better with tooltip definitions for 890 terms.

Premium Newsletter

Stay up to date with all things poetry.

William Green Poetry Expert
Will created Poem Analysis back in 2015 and has a team of the best poetry experts helping him analyze poems from the past and present. Although he has a background in Automotive Engineering, having worked for McLaren testing supercars, Will has a keen eye for poetry and literature.
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Got a question? Ask an expert.x
Share to...