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CCEA GCE English Literature Set Texts | Education Umbrella

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AS Level & A Level:

The Study Of Poetry 1900-Present & Drama 1900-Present (60% of AS level, 24% of A Level)

The Study Of Prose Pre 1900 (40% of AS level, 16% of A Level)

A Level:

Shakespearean Genres (20% of A level)

The Study Of Poetry Pre 1900 & Unseen Poetry (20% of A level)

Internal Assessment (20% of A level)

The Study Of Poetry 1900-Present & Drama 1900-Present

The Study Of Poetry 1900-Present

Students explore and respond to a range of poetry by two poets they have studied. Below are the paired poets and a list of their prescribed poems as listed in Appendix 1 of the CCEA GCE English Literature specification.

Robert Frost and Seamus HeaneyTed Hughes and Sylvia Plath
  • Into My Own
  • Mowing
  • Going For Water
  • Mending Wall
  • After Apple-Picking
  • The Road Not Taken
  • Birches
  • "Out, Out-"
  • For Once, Then, Something
  • Gathering Leaves
  • Acquainted With The Night
  • Desert Places
  • Personal Helicon
  • The Forge
  • The Peninsula
  • The Wife's Tale
  • Bogland
  • The Harvest Bow
  • The Railway Children
  • The Summer Of Lost Tachel
  • Postscript
  • "Had I not been awake"
  • The Conway Stewart
  • The Baler
  • The Thought-Fox
  • Wind
  • Hawk Roosting
  • Relic
  • Pike
  • Full Moon And Little Frieda
  • Wodwo
  • Lovesong
  • Roe-Deer
  • Crow Sickened
  • Daffodils
  • A Picture Of Otto
  • Sheep In Fog
  • Lady Lazarus
  • Tulips
  • The Night Dances
  • Ariel
  • Daddy
  • The Arrival Of The Bee Box
  • Poppies In July
  • Contusion
  • Mirror
  • The Colossus
  • Blackberrying

Elizabeth Jennings and Philip LarkinEavan Boland and Jean Bleakney
  • Identity
  • Song At The Beginning Of Autumn
  • Absence
  • Fountain
  • Letter From Assisi
  • The Annunciation
  • My Grandmother
  • The Young Ones
  • Night Sister
  • A Depression
  • Love Poem
  • One Flesh
  • Church Going
  • Love Songs In Age
  • Faith Healing
  • For Sidney Bechet
  • The Whitsun Weddings
  • Talking In Bed
  • Dockery And Son
  • Aubade
  • High Windows
  • The Old Fools
  • Solar
  • The Explosion
  • Ode To Suburbia
  • Anorexia
  • The Journey
  • The Singers
  • This Moment
  • Love
  • Witness
  • How We Made A New Art On Old Ground
  • Is It Still The Same
  • And Soul
  • Cityscape
  • Amethyst Beads
  • Breaking The Surface
  • Nightscapes
  • Out To Tender
  • How Can You Say That?
  • Spring
  • A Watery City
  • Self-Portraits With Measuring Tape
  • Donegal Sightings
  • Csontváry’s Flowers
  • Notes For The Almanac
  • Consolidation
  • Winterisation

The Study Of Drama 1900-Present

Students communicate their knowledge and understanding of a play by a modern dramatist.


The Study Of Prose Pre 1900

Students communicate their knowledge and understanding of a novel.


Shakespearean Genres

Students analyse a single play from a chosen Shakespearean genre - Tragedy, Comedy, Problem Plays or Last Plays.


The Study Of Poetry Pre 1900 & Unseen Poetry

The Study Of Poetry Pre 1900

Students explore and respond to a range of poetry by two poets they have studied. Below are the paired poets and a list of their prescribed poems as listed in Appendix 1 of the CCEA GCE English Literature specification.

John DonneWilliam BlakeJohn Keats
  • The Anniversary
  • The Flea
  • The Good Morrow
  • A Jet Ring Sent
  • The Sun Rising
  • The Triple Fool
  • A Valediction: forbidding Mourning
  • Here take my picture, though I bid farewell
  • Thou hast mafe me, and shall thy work decay?
  • I am a little world
  • This is my play's last scene
  • Death be not proud
  • Spit in my face, ye Jews, and pierce my side
  • Batter my heart, three-personed God
  • Since she whom I loved hath paid her last debt
  • A Hymn To God The Father
  • The Ecchoing Green
  • The Lamb
  • The Little Black Boy
  • Infant Joy
  • Introduction (Songs Of Innocence)
  • The Chimney Sweeper (Songs Of Innocence)
  • Holy Thursday (Songs Of Innocence)
  • The Tyger
  • The Garden Of Love
  • The Little Vagabond
  • London
  • Infant Sorrow
  • The School Boy
  • On first looking into Chapman's Homer
  • Sleep And Poetry
  • The Eve Of St. Agnes
  • Ode To A Nightingale
  • Ode On A Grecian Urn
  • Ode To Psyche
  • To Autumn
  • Ode On Melancholy
  • On first seeing the Elgin Marbles
  • The Sea
  • When I have fears that I may cease to be
  • Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art
  • Ode On Indolence
  • Le Belle Dame Sans Merci

Emily DickinsonElizabeth Barrett Browning
  • An awful Tempest mashed the air -
  • I'm "wide" - I've finished that -
  • There's a certain Slant of light,
  • I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
  • How the old Mountains drip with Sunset
  • There came a Day at Summer's full,
  • I heard a Fly buzz - when I dies -
  • It was not Death, for I stood up,
  • I cannot live with you -
  • One need not be a Chamber - to be Haunted -
  • Because I could not stop for Death -
  • She rose to His Requirement - dropt
  • The last Night that she lived
  • The Cry Of The Children
  • The Mask
  • The face of all the world is changed, I think
  • What can I give thee back
  • And yet, because thou overcomest so
  • Beloved, my Beloved, when I think
  • Let the world's sharpness, like a clasping knife
  • If I leave all for thee, wilt thou exchange
  • Hiram Powers' Greek Slave
  • A Curse For A Nation
  • A False Step
  • Void In Law
  • My Heart And I
  • First News From Villafranca
  • Mother And Poet
  • The Forced Recruit

Unseen Poetry

Students demonstrate critical skill and personal engagement in response to an unseen poem. Students analyse poetic methods to determin how poets shape meaning. Students experience poems form different time periods and poems with various themes, forms and poetic styles.


Internal Assessment

In this unit, students draw on skills developed in their AS study, in particular the study of prose pre 1900, to communicate effectively their knowledge and understanding of the novel form. The unit encourages independent study, wider reading and enjoyment of modern literature.

Students engage in a detailed study of two novels, one of which must be a twenty-first-century novel. Centres are encourages to allow students to select their own novels, with teacher guidance and support. They explore a theme and analyse how authors shape meaning. They also explore the contexts in which each novel was written and analyse connections across the texts. In writing the internally assessed essay, students develop their research abilities and writing skills.

Below are novels as suggested in Appendix 3 of the CCEA GCE English Literature specification.

African Culture:

Twenty-first-century Novels: The Memory Of Love by Aminatta Forna. Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Nagozi Adichie.

Comparison Novels: July's People by Nadine Gordimer. Weep Not, Child by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o.


Twenty-first-century Novels: The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Comparison Novels: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. 1984 by George Orwell. The Trial by Franz Kafka. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.


Twenty-first-century Novels: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. The Poets' Wives by David Park.

Comparison Novels: The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien. The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. In The Beauty Of The Lilies by John Updike. What Maisie Knew by Henry James. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

Irish Life:

Twenty-first-century Novels: The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan. The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright.

Comparison Novels: Amongst Women by John McGahern. One By One In The Darkness by Deirdre Madden. Reading In The Dark by Seamus Deane.

The American Dream:

Twenty-first-century Novels: Netherland by Joseph O'Neill. The Cookbook Collector: A Novel by Allegra Goodman.

Comparison Novels: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.


Twenty-first-century Novels: Pure by Andrew Miller. The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer.

Comparison Novels: The Outsider by Albert Camus. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. The Butcher Boy by Patrick MaCabe. The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger.

Last updated: 13/03/2018