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Edexcel IGCSE in English Literature (9-1) Conflict and Power Unseen Poetry

pdodd | Friday April 26, 2019

Categories: KS4, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Literature, IGCSE English Literature Edexcel


This Anthology is for teachers of the new Pearson/Edexcel IGCSE English Literature Specification and in particular Paper 1 Section A – Unseen Poetry.

Unseen Poetry Anthology

Format of the Examination Paper

One 20 mark question exploring the meaning and effects created in an unseen poem.

Section A: Unseen Poetry

Students will apply their knowledge of poetic form, content and meaning to compare poems.

Students must:

  • demonstrate understanding of how writers create literary effects using
    1. imagery
    2. descriptive skills
    3. language choice
    4. tone and mood
    5. structure and form
  • understand and use appropriate literary terminology
  • identify and use relevant examples from the poem

Questions will test the following assessment objective:


Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects

Within this Anthology there will be advice given to teachers on how to prepare and teach the unseen poetry element and a range of poems across five themes which teachers can use with supporting information on meaning and some discussion points for the classroom. Following on from this a range of assessment tasks are included for the Pearson/Edexcel exam. At the back of the Anthology is a glossary of poetry terms and a list of possible resources.

Responding to unseen poetry in general

IGCSE English Literature poetry assesses the extent to which candidates can develop an informed, personal, critical response to a poem, considering some of the ways in which the writer has presented their ideas.

As a starting point you may wish to consider with your students:

  • What the poem is about and how it is organised
  • The ideas the poet may have wanted us to think about
  • The poet’s choice of words, phrases and images and the effects they create
  • How they respond to the poem

Tips to Prepare Students for the unseen poetry element in IGCSE English Literature

Building up student expertise in unseen...

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