This is a handout that guides through the analysis and close-reading of IGCSE poetry tested on the IGCSE English Literature exams for May 2018 and May 2019.
This handout covers the following poem:
‘A Praise Song for My Mother’ by Grace Nichols
The handout includes:
- an introduction with biographical and contextual information about the author
- the poem text with a glossary of key vocabulary
- detailed comprehension and close-reading questions, with a focus on analysing the poem’s structure, language and use of poetic devices, and main ideas or themes.
- a sample exam-style question which makes connections to other IGCSE poems with similar themes (parents and their children, including ‘For Heidi with Blue Hair’ by Fleur Adcock and ‘My Parents’ by Stephen Spender).