Here is the full list of poems that you need to learn for AQA GCSE English Literature!

Remember that these poems need to be learned in detail, with a focus on how they relate to the themes of ‘power’ and ‘conflict’ — try to think deeply about the messages on these themes that are present in each one. You also need to learn how to write a comparative essay, as in the exam you have to compare one given poem with another from your own memory.


We’ve made full lessons on each of these poems, including L9 / A* Grade example answers, practise essay questions and context points – so if you need extra help then be sure to check out our AQA Power and Conflict Poetry course and other English courses.

For a limited time, our AQA Power and Conflict Poetry course is 50% off! Just use the code POWER at checkout to receive the course for only £9! (Regular price £18). Click here to view the course. You can preview some of the videos and documents free to make sure that it’s right for you.

POWER AND CONFLICT – THE ANTHOLOGY LIST:

Ozymandias – Percy Bysshe Shelley

London – William Blake

Extract from The Prelude – William Wordsworth

My Last Duchess – Robert Browning; check out our analysis of this poem

The Charge of the Light Brigade – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Exposure – Wilfred Owen

Storm on the Island – Seamus Heaney; we have Essay Questions and Notes on this Poem.

Bayonet Charge – Ted Hughes

Remains – Simon Armitage

Poppies – Jane Weir

War Photographer – Carol Ann Duffy; check out our analysis about this poem

Tissue – Imtiaz Dharker

The Émigree – Carol Rumens

Checking Out Me History – John Agard

Kamikaze Beatrice Garland

To purchase individual documents that analyse one poem at a time, click here.


Thanks for reading! For extra help, take a look at our AQA Power and Conflict Poetry course and other English courses.

OFFER: For a limited time, our AQA Power and Conflict Poetry course is 50% off! Just use the code POWER at checkout to receive the course for only £9! (Regular price £18). Click here to view the course. You can preview some of the videos and documents free to make sure that it’s right for you.