UPSC CSE English Literature Optional Poems Analyzed (2013 onwards)

For the aspirants who are preparing for the Civil Services Exam (IAS, IPS IFS) with English Literature optional, there are poems for which the student must study in preparation for answering a question about any one of them, taken from the syllabus. This includes 15 poems from Paper-I and 34 poems from Paper-II. Since has the largest database of poetry analysis on the internet, you can find below every poem analyzed from the English Optional syllabus. 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.

The syllabus consists of two papers, designed to test a first-hand and ciritcal reading of texts prescribed from the following periods in English Literature:

Paper 1: 1600-1900

Paper 2: 1900-1990

There will be two compulsory questions in each paper:

(a) A short-notes question related to the topics for general study, and (b) A critical analysis of UNSEEN passages both in prose and verse.


UPSC CSE English Literature Optional Poems Analysed

Paper–I (Section A)

John Donne

William Wordsworth

Alfred Tennyson

  • In Memoriam A.H.H. (still analyzing)


Paper–II (Section A)

William Butler Yeats

T.S. Eliot 

W.H. Auden

Philip Larkin

A. K. Ramanujan

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