There are 36 poems that make up this section of the Songs of Ourselves anthology, but the good news is that you only have 14 to study. This may still seem like a lot, but if you consider how many pages, characters and themes each of your dramas and your novel have, then you should be grateful for how little poetry you have to study.
Your first task is getting your head round what a poem means. If you understand the main content of a poem you can usually piece together the significance of language, techniques or the structure of a poem.
Follow each of the links for the poem + my analysis. You may also find my Comparison Chart a useful way of linking poems for the comparison essay. At the bottom of the page I’ve included a downloadable copy of my notes on each poem, but it can be a little confusing to see where each of my points relates to… blame MS Word for that not me! Underneath this is a document containing questions designed to make you probe a number of the poems effectively. Also, here is an example of one of my student’s revision booklets (Navya Garikapati) that might give you some ideas about how to organise your notes.
I’ve tried to be extremely thorough and have broken down my analysis into different elements you’re expected to be able to discuss:
117. The Woodspurge
118. The Cockroach
119. The City Planners
120. The Planners
121. Summer Farm
122. Where I Come From
123. Composed Upon Westminster Bridge