English Romantic Verse Revision is an important use of time for students studying the English Literature A Level provided by Edexcel; a selection from this collection are part of the prescribed texts and you will be expected to answer one of two question, using the one named poem and another poem of your choice from the set selection. Poetry is part of the third component of the Edexcel A Level English Literature course and accounts for  30% of the total qualification, with one half of that exam made up of the Post-2000 poetry that is part of the Poems of the Decade Anthology. The other half will be dependent on what your school has chosen – you may be studying a literary period or a named poet.

English Romantic Verse Revision

English Romantic Verse Revision

This is a relatively new course, with the first assessment taking place in June 2017. You will have to pick one of two specified questions, each of which will have one poem that is part of this collection, and then it is up to you to compare another poem from those that you have studied to also write about within the same essay.

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All of the poems that are part of Edexcel’s ‘Pre-1900 – The Romantic Period’ are listed below. We hope to have more revision posts available soon.

William Blake

William Wordsworth

  • Lines Written in Early Spring
  • Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey
  • Ode: Intimations of Immortality

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (note: Edexcel counts this as the equivalent of five poems)

George Gordon, Lord Byron

  • Lines Inscribed upon a Cup Formed from a Skull
  • Fare Thee Well
  • So We’ll Go no more A Roving
  • On This Day I complete My Thirty-Sixth Year

Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • ‘The cold earth slept below’
  • Stanzas Written in Dejection, near Naples
  • Ode to the West Wind
  • The Question

John Keats (Context Notes)

Emily Brontë

  • To a Wreath of Snow
  • R. Alcona to J. Brenzaida (note: this poem is normally referred to as ‘Remembrance’)
  • Julian M. and A.G Rochelle
  • Last Lines (note: this refers to Emily Bronte’s last written lines, not the poem entitled ‘Last Lines’)

Check back soon because more are being posted regularly. Good luck with your English Romantic Verse revision!

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