AQA Character and Voice – Poetry List


There are several poems in this section. My aim is, over the next few days and weeks, to do something for each one of them for you.

This is the list, provided by AQA, that you are required to study if your teacher picks it.


‘The Clown Punk’ by Simon Armitage
‘Checking Out Me History’ by John Agard
‘Horse Whisperer’ by Andrew Forster
‘Medusa’ by Carol Ann Duffy
‘Singh Song!’ by Daljit Nagra
‘Brendon Gallacher’ by Jackie Kay
‘Give’ by Simon Armitage
‘Les Grands Seigneurs’ by Dorothy Molloy
‘Ozymandias’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley
‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning
‘The River God’ by Stevie Smith
‘The Hunchback in the Park’ by Dylan Thomas
‘The Ruined Maid’ by Thomas Hardy
‘Casehistory: Alison (head injury)’ by U. A. Fanthorpe
‘On a Portrait of a Deaf Man’ by John Betjeman

How many do you know or are aware of before you came to this page? In 17 years of teaching, I have only seen or taught three of them, so this should prove an interesting few weeks for me, as we go through them. Feel free to comment as we do.