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Edexcel IGCSE in English Literature (9-1) Time and Place Unseen Poetry »

Paul Dodd | Monday October 02, 2017

Categories: KS4, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Literature, IGCSE English Literature CIE 0477

Time and Place

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This poem, by Derek Mahon, is about Bruce Ismay, the President of the company which owned the ‘Titanic’. He survived when the ship sank in 1912.

After the Titanic

They said I got away in a boat
And humbled me at the inquiry. I tell you
I sank as far that night as any
Hero. As I sat shivering on the dark water
I turned to ice to hear my costly
Life go thundering down in a pandemonium of
Prams, pianos, sideboards, winches,
Boilers bursting and shredded ragtime. Now I hide
In a lonely house behind the sea
Where...

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Edexcel IGCSE in English Literature (9-1) Youth and Age Unseen Poetry »

Richard Gent | Monday October 02, 2017

Categories: KS4, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Literature, IGCSE English Literature CIE 0477

Youth and Age

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In this poem, Billy Collins talks about death.

My Number

Is Death miles away from this house,
reaching for a widow in Cincinnati
or breathing down the neck of a lost hiker
in British Columbia?

Is he too busy making arrangements,
tampering with air brakes,
scattering cancer cells like seeds,
loosening the wooden beams of roller coasters
to bother with my hidden cottage
that visitors find so hard to find?

Or is he stepping from a black car
parked at the dark end of the lane,
shaking open the familiar cloak,
its hood raised...

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