Irish Leaving Certificate 2021 English (Higher and Ordinary)

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Higher Level – Irish Leaving Certification in English Poetry

A selection from the poetry of eight poets is prescribed for Higher Level. Students will be expected to have studied at least six poems by each poet.

Elizabeth Bishop

Eavan Boland

Paul Durcan

Robert Frost

Seamus Heaney

Gerard Manley Hopkins

John Keats

Sylvia Plath


Ordinary Level – Irish Leaving Certification in English Poetry

A total of 36 poems is prescribed for Ordinary Level.

Elizabeth Bishop

Eavan Boland

Robert Browning

Kate Clanchy

Paul Durcan

Robert Frost

Thom Gunn

Randolph Healy

Seamus Heaney

George Easter Herbert

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Andrew Hudgins

  • The Glass Hammer (still analyzing)

John Keats

Francis Ledwidge

Richard Murphy

Julie O’Callaghan

  • The Net
  • Problems (still analyzing)

Mary O’Malley

  • Caoineadh Mháire (still analyzing)

Sylvia Plath

  • Poppies in July (still analyzing)
  • Child (still analyzing)

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Penelope Shuttle

Gary Soto

David Wheatley

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