John Donne: Selected Poems Comprehensive Guide for A Level Edexcel

Engage your students!


  • engaging questions
  • critical thinking
  • close reading
  • class discussion tasks
  • essay questions


  • Further reading suggestions
  • Glossary of key terms
  • Essay guidance complete with planning tasks and a sample answer and commentary

Donne’s poetry is celebrated for its wit, power and originality on a range of themes including love, death and redemption. This guide, full of fantastically clear and comprehensive analysis, will help students consider and evaluate Donne’s poetry and form nuanced responses.

The pack tackles the key stages of text analysis:

  1. Walk-through
    Thorough section-by-section commentary walks students through each poem
  2. Drawing it all together
    In-depth discussion of whole text focuses on: characterisation, gender and relationships, drama and conflict, genre, themes, attitudes and values, language, form, structure, context, literary approaches
  3. Indicative content
    Supports teaching by ensuring all key areas are covered
Plus! Bring the poetry to life with downloadable recordings of all prescribed poems at no extra cost.

What do teachers say about this resource? (12497)

Very informative... It shows a good subject knowledge and is very thorough on all the poems and would provide a useful guide for anyone beginning A level teaching or who needs to brush up on Donne.

P Ault, Head of English & Peer Reviewer (legacy edition)

It is very useful and goes into a lot of detail... Very clearly laid out... It is accessible to the students.

W Challis, Head of English & Peer Reviewer (legacy edition)