Edexcel Time and Place Poetry – GCSE Revision

Interpreture’s Edexcel Time and Place Poetry GCSE Revision notes are an important resource for students studying the Time and Place Anthology for their English Literature GCSE course.

This is a relatively new course – the first examinations took place in June 2017.

Prescribed Poems in the Time and Place Anthology

Interpreture is in the process of posting analysis on the poems included in the three Edexcel GCSE Anthologies.  The list below identifies the 15 poems from the Time and Place Anthology.

Time and Place Anthology


  • John Keats –   “To Autumn” (A Level Analysis)
  • William Wordsworth –   “Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802”
  • William Blake –   “Songs of Experience: London”

Literary Heritage:

  • Emily Dickinson –   “I started Early – Took my Dog”
  • Thomas Hardy –   “Where the Picnic was”
  • Edward Thomas –   “Adlestrop”
  • Robert Browning –   “Home Thoughts from Abroad”


  • U A Fanthorpe –   “First Flight”
  • Fleur Adcock –   “Stewart Island”
  • Moniza Alvi –   “Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan”
  • Grace Nichols –   “Hurricane Hits England”
  • Tatamkhulu Afrika –   “Nothing’s Changed”
  • Sophie Hannah –   “Postcard from a Travel Snob”
  • John Davidson –   “In Romney Marsh”
  • Elizabeth Jennings –   “Absence”

We aim to add poetry analysis to this list in the near future, so check back soon.

Our ultimate aim is to provide analysis on all prescribed poems, so please bear with us if we haven’t posted the poem you’re looking for at the moment.  Hopefully, those that we have reviewed will be helpful.

Edexcel GCSE Poetry Revision

GCSE English Literature (9-1) specification

Interpreture presents four pages to assist students revising for the poetry element of the Edexcel GCSE English Literature examination.

The overarching introduction Edexcel GCSE Poetry Revison page provides an overview of the course, the requirements of the final examination and the expected outcomes for students.

This is, in turn, supported by three separate pages (including this one) each detailing one of the three specified poetry anthologies included in the course:

  • Relationships;
  • Conflict; and 
  • Time and Place.

Each collection contains 15 poems and includes Romantic, Literary Heritage and Contemporary poetry. Your teacher or school will have selected an anthology out of these three which you will study and answer questions on in your exam. See more at the Edexcel website.

Good luck with your Edexcel GCSE Poetry revision!