AS Literature in English:Selected Texts for the Year 2012

Paper 3 – Poetry and Prose

Examinations in June and November 2012 contain questions on the following texts

Section A Poetry
*Thomas Hardy Selected Poems (Penguin)(see full list of poems to be studied in Appendix A)

* 1Songs of Ourselves
The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology ofPoetry in English (ISBN 81-7596-248-8) (from Section 5)(see full list of poems to be studied in Appendix A)
*Seamus Heaney District and Circle (Faber)(see full list of poems to be studied in Appendix A)
Section B Prose
Tsitsi Dangarembga Nervous Conditions

*E. M. Forster
A Passage to India
2Stories of Ourselves The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology ofStories in English (ISBN 9780 521 727 914)(see full list of stories to be studied in Appendix A)

*texts will also be examined in 2013

1 For further details about this anthology, please see the subject page on CIE’s website. This selection is for 2012 and 2013; other sections will be set for study in future years. The anthology also features in the set texts for IGCSE/O Level Literature in English.

2 This new anthology is a companion volume to Songs of Ourselves and publication details are the same. This selection will be set in 2012; another selection will be chosen for study in future years.

The anthology also features in the set texts for IGCSE/O Level Literature in English

Songs of Ourselves: Section 5 

From Songs of Ourselves: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology
of Poetry in English (ISBN 81-7596-248-8)

Paper 3


Frances Cornford    Childhood
Emily Dickinson  Because I Could Not Stop For Death
Elizabeth Bishop  One Art
Alfred, Lord Tennyson  Song: Tears, Idle Tears
Stephen Spender : My Parents
Fleur Adcock  :For Heidi With Blue Hair
Grace Nichols : Praise Song For My Mother
Seamus Heaney  :Follower
James K Baxter : Elegy For My Father’s Father
Charlotte Mew : The Trees Are Down
Philip Larkin  The Trees
Allen Curnow :Country  School
James Fenton  :Cambodia
Siegfried Sassoon : Attack
Boey Kim Cheng  :Reservist
Gwendolyn MacEwen : You Cannot Do This
Wilfred Owen :Anthem  For Doomed Youth
A E Housman :My Dreams  Are Of A Field Afar
Hone Tuwhare : Friend
Stevie Smith : A Man I Am
R S Thomas  :Here
William Allingham  A Dream
Ruth Pitter  :Time’s Fool
Emily Brontë  :Cold In The Earth
Charlotte Mew  :A Quoi Bon Dire
A C Swinburne : From The Triumph of Time
Robert Browning : Meeting At Night
A E Housman:  Because I Liked You Better
Oscar Wilde : From The Ballad of Reading Gaol


The poems on this list may be found in Section 5 of the Anthology. See the CIE website for further details.

Paper 4 – Drama

Examinations in June and November 2012 contain questions on the following texts:

Author Drama
Peter Shaffer Equus
*William Shakespeare The Winter’s Tale
William Shakespeare Henry IV, Part 1
*Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire
*Oscar Wilde An Ideal Husband

* texts will also be examined in 2013

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