AQA’s Worlds and Lives poetry anthology is coming to a classroom near you! And yes, that means a whole batch of beautifully constructed poems needs to go into the Beyond Revision analysis machine!
We know that learning all of the anthology poems is never an easy task and this blog is here to help you. These guides should lead you to a better understanding of each poem, its context and the key language and structural elements that might be discussed in an exam.
Each blog includes general information, some contextual thoughts, analysis of structure and tone, and then an in-depth look at the language and ideas of the poem.
Need to find a specific poem?
These link to each of our in-depth revision blogs to help you get your head wrapped around poetry.
- Lines Written in Early Spring by William Wordsworth
- England in 1819 by Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Shall earth no more inspire thee by Emily Brontë
- In a London Drawingroom by George Eliot
- On an Afternoon Train from Purley to Victoria, 1955 by James Berry
- Name Journeys by Raman Mundair
- pot by Shamshan Khan
- A Wider View by Seni Senevirantne
- Homing by Liz Berry
- A Century Later by Imtiaz Dharker
- The Jewellery Maker by Louisa Adjoa Parker
- With Birds You’re Never Lonely by Raymond Antrobus
- A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson
- Like an Heiress by Grace Nichols
- Thirteen by Caleb Femi
We know that studying poetry can seem very daunting, so we hope that you will find this GCSE Poetry Revision Guide a useful and valuable resource for exam preparation.
This Worlds and Lives poetry anthology supports a whole suite of GCSE-focused English resources ripe for your revision practice. You can access further revision-focused blogs here! You can also subscribe to Beyond for access to thousands of secondary teaching resources. You can sign up for a free account here and take a look around at our free resources before you subscribe too.