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WJEC GCSE English Literature Welsh Poems Analysed

PoemAnalysis.com is the number one website on the internet for poetry analysis, with the largest database of poems analyzed online. For those that are studying GCSE English Literature with the WJEC examining body, the course contains a list of Welsh poems, taken from Poetry 1900-2000: One Hundred Poets From Wales, to analyze and compare how the poets present the theme of Wales and being Welsh. As well as these poems, other poems are looking at the likes of Love, Relationships, The Treatment of Women, and Control and Power. With this, here is an analysis of all of the poems on the WJEC GCSE English Literature syllabus (where the ones not analyzed are still being analyzed by our team of poetry experts). 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 or you want to inform us of this list of poems for WJEC needs updating, feel free to contact us.


WJEC GCSE English Literature Welsh Poems

Welsh Poems

  1. The Old Tongue Herbert Williams
  2. (from) Glyn Dwr Sonnets ‘When young Owain…’ Andrew McNeillie
  3. Soliloquy For Compatriots – John Tripp
  4. Back?T.H. Jones
  5. Welsh History – R.S. Thomas
  6. Welsh Landscape – R.S. Thomas
  7. A Peasant – R.S. Thomas
  8. Drawing a Line – Gwyn Williams (still analyzing)
  9. The Master – Bryn Griffiths (still analyzing)
  10. Waterfalls – Vernon Watkins
  11. The Stone Face – Harri Webb (still analyzing)
  12. Thanks in Winter – Harri Webb
  13. Synopsis of the Great Welsh Novel – Harri Webb
  14. Cwm Farm Near Capel Welsh Novel – Huw Menai
  15. The Old Language – John Davies (still analyzing)



  1. A Married State – Katherine Philips
  2. A Woman To Her LoverChristina Walsh
  3. Cousin KateChristina Rossetti
  4. HavishamCarol Ann Duffy
  5. Holy Sonnet 17John Donne
  6. Human InterestCarol Ann Duffy
  7. Meeting PointLouis MacNeice
  8. The Willing MistressAphra Behn
  9. Sonnet 130William Shakespeare
  10. The Capon ClerkSheenagh Pugh (still analyzing)
  11. They Did Not Expect ThisVernon Scannell



  1. A Frosty NightRobert Graves
  2. Crabbed Age and YouthWilliam Shakespeare (still analyzing)
  3. Do not go gentle into that good nightDylan Thomas
  4. Long Distance IITony Harrison
  5. On My First SonBen Jonson
  6. Prayer Before BirthLouis MacNeice
  7. Song Of The Worker’s WifeAlice Gray Jones
  8. Sweet 18 – Sheenagh Pugh (still analyzing)
  9. The Almond TreeJon Stallworthy
  10. What Has Happened To Lulu?Charles Causley


The Treatment of Women

  1. Porphyria’s LoverRobert Browning
  2. The Sun RisingJohn Donne
  3. ValentineCarol Ann Duffy


Control and Power

  1. Base DetailsSiegfried Sassoon
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