‘Bayonet Charge’ by Ted Hughes is a poem about the confusion and chaos of war, where the ideologies of countries, governments, and nations transfer to the individual soldiers who fight for them.
Below, you’ll find a poem and analysis of Wordsworth’s ‘Prelude’, specifically the ‘Extract’ about boating – rowing out on a mountain lake.
Below is a list of the current Cambridge IGCSE English Literature Poetry Anthology (0475), from 2020–2021.
‘Not Waving But Drowning’ by Stevie Smith is a dark poem as you will notice in this analysis below, but with an uplifting message: We can all help each other through suffering and make a real difference in the world through empathy and support.
‘Birches’ is a beautiful, slightly awkward poem about youth, nostalgia, and spirituality, as you will see yourself in the analysis below.
“If” by Rudyard Kipling is one of the most popular poems of the last century, and its inspirational messages hold true today as much as they did when it was written in 1910.