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Poems of the Decade

This section of Interpreture provides Edexcel Poetry Notes for A Level, covering the poems in the ‘Poems of the Decade’ anthology. This category covers posts of themes, in depth analysis of poems and any other relevant posts. There are a whole range of poems within the collection, in addition to the 28 poems which have been selected by Edexcel.

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Somewhat Unravelled – Poem Analysis

‘Somewhat Unravelled’ by Jo Shapcott is a poem which explores growing old and the deterioration of the mind as a result of dementia, and the corresponding impact this has both on an individual and those around them. Shapcott is an… Continue Learning »

A Leisure Centre is Also a Temple of Learning – Poem Analysis

‘A Leisure Centre is Also a Temple of Learning’ by Sue Boyle considers the ageing process through descriptions of a young woman, and a group of older and more experienced women, all at a leisure centre. Boyle lives in Bath… Continue Learning »

Effects – Poem Analysis

‘Effects’ is a poem by Alan Jenkins which explores the idea of loss, and the lasting impact it can have on an individual both physically and emotionally. Jenkins was born in London and went to the University of Sussex. He… Continue Learning »

Song – Poem Analysis

‘Song’ by George Szirtes is a poem dedicated to Helen Suzman, a famous anti-apartheid campaigner from South Africa. Szirtes is well known for both his poetry and his work translating Hungarian prose into English. He was born in Hungary in… Continue Learning »

You, Shiva and My Mum – Poem Analysis

‘You, Shiva and My Mum’ by Ruth Padel is a poem which is inspired by Padel’s personal experience visiting India with her mother for her brother’s wedding, in which they were immersed in traditional wedding rituals.  Padel was born in… Continue Learning »

Genetics – Poem Analysis

‘Genetics’ is a poem by Sinéad Morrissey which looks at the idea of how even with the breakdown of a marriage or relationship, children act as a permanent union, and an ever-lasting reminder of what once was. Morrissey is a poet from Northern… Continue Learning »

A Minor Role – Poem Analysis

‘A Minor Role’ by UA Fanthorpe explores the concept of an individual’s place in society, and the way that illness can impact it. Fanthorpe was born in London in 1929 and died in 2009, having become very well known for her work… Continue Learning »

From the Journal of a Disappointed Man – Poem Analysis

‘From the Journal of a Disappointed Man’ is a poem by Andrew Motion which considers the role of men within society, and interactions between men based on their different livelihoods and perspectives.  Motion is an English poet, who was previously the… Continue Learning »

Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn – Poem Analysis

‘Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn’ by Tim Turnbull considers modern society through an allusion to, and modern interpretation of, a classic Romantic poem by John Keats. Turnbull is an English ‘performance poet’ meaning that his poetry is designed to be… Continue Learning »