I am now underway with this selection and will hopefully post a new analysis every week or two.
IGCSE is probably the first time you’ve had to do any serious analytical writing about poetry and this site is designed to help you along the way with your journey. Alongside analysis of each of the poems in your selection, you will find a range of useful resources including student essay responses, the mark criteria, essay writing tips and whatever else I feel might come in handy for you.
However, the purpose of this site, and my analysis in particular, is not to provide you with a cheat sheet or the definitive answers, but rather to help explain some of the key ideas and ease you into developing your own interpretation.
Here is a brief summary of how I organise my analysis:
1. For Heidi With Blue Hair
2. Elegy For My Father’s Father
3. One Art
5. Cold In The Earth
6. Meeting At Night
7. Because I Could Not Stop For Death
8. The Trees
9. The Trees Are Down
10. Praise Song For My Mother
11. Anthem For Doomed Youth
13. My Parents
14. Song: Tears, Idle Tears
Songs of Ourselves – Volume 1 Part 5 – Poems – a handy printable resource with all the poems, perfect for you to scribble your annotations all over!
CIE iGCSE Literature Syllabus 2017-2018 – official syllabus with details of your entire course.