IGCSE CIE Prescribed Texts for English Studies

For 2019 Cambridge International Exams has set the following texts for IGCSE Paper 1, Section A Poetry from Songs of Ourselves Volume 1: ‘For Heidi with Blue Hair’ by Adcock; ‘Elegy for My Father’s Father’ by Baxter; ‘One Art’ by Bishop; ‘Reservist’ by Cheng; ‘Cold in the Earth’ by Bronte; ‘Meeting at Night’ by Browning; ‘Because I Could Not Stop for Death’ by Dickinson; ‘The Trees’ by Larkin; ‘The Trees are Down’ by Mew; ‘Praise Song for My Mother’ by Nichols; ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ by Owen; ‘Attack’ by Sassoon; ‘My Parents’ by Spender; ‘Song: Tears, Idle Tears’ by Lord Tennyson; and ‘Friend’ by Tuwhare.

From Songs of Ourselves Volume 2: ‘The Sea Eats the Land at Home’ by Awoonor; ‘London Snow’ by Bridges; ‘Afternoon with Irish Cows’ by Collins; ‘Watching for Dolphins’ by Constantine; ‘The Poplar-Field’ by Cowper; ‘You Will Know When You Get There’ by Curnow; ‘The Caged Skylark’ by Hopkins; ‘In Praise of Creation’ by Jennings; ‘Ode on Melancholy’ by Keats; ‘Coming’ by Larkin; ‘Stormcock in Elder’ by Pitter; ‘Cetacean’ by Reading; ‘The Buck in the Snow’ by Millay; ‘Written Near a Port on a Dark Evening’ by Smith; and ‘The Kraken’ by Lord Tennyson.

Also from Songs of Ourselves Volume 2, the following poems by Gillian Clarke: ‘Journey’; ‘Baby-Sitting’; ‘Catrin’; ‘Still Life’; ‘Lunchtime Lecture’; ‘Miracle on St David’s Day’; ‘Buzzard’; ‘Friesian Bull’; ‘Heron at Port Talbot’; ‘Neighbours’; ‘My Box’; ‘Pipistrelle’; ‘Clocks’; ‘Musician’; and ‘Family House’.

For Section B Prose: Mansfield Park by Austen; My Antonia by Cather; In Custody by Desai; Hard Times by Dickens; The Secret River by Grenville; A Separate Peace by Knowles; and Cry the Beloved Country by Paton. From Stories of Ourselves; ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ by Poe; ‘The Open Boat’ by Crane; ‘The Moving Finger’ by Wharton; ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ by Bradbury; ‘The Lemon Orchard’ by La Guma; ‘Secrets’ by MacLaverty; ‘The Stoat’ by McGahern; ‘Journey’ by Grace; ‘The Bath’ by Frame; and ‘On Her Knees’ by Winton.

The set texts for 2019 Paper 2 and Paper 3 are A Raisin in the Sun by Hansberry; A View from the Bridge by Miller; The Winslow Boy by Rattigan; Macbeth by Shakespeare; and Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare.

Drama 2018

Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman

Charlotte Keatley: My Mother Said I Never Should

William Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare: Richard III

R. C. Sherriff: Journey’s End


Maya Angelou: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights

Brian Clark: Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Anita Desai: Games at Twilight, and Other Stories

F Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

Bessie Head: When Rain Clouds Gather

Aldous Huxley: Brave New World

Edith Wharton: Ethan Frome

George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four

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