New G.C.E.(O/L) English Literature Syllabus

Department of English
New G.C.E.(O/L) English Literature Syllabus

Syllabus for ‘Appreciation of English Literary Texts'
G.C.E. – Ordinary Level
From Year 2007

The publication titled “Appreciation of English Literary Texts� which contains all the poems, short stories, non-fiction and drama mentioned below has been published by the Educational Publications Department and it will be distributed to schools teaching Literature at Grade 10 in year 2007. This batch of students will sit the G.C.E. O/L Examination for the first time in 2008. Students can select one of the two novels mentioned. They are not included in the publication. The subject has been renamed according to the curriculum revision circular for 2007. Students who are following the existing syllabus in 2006 will sit the examination in 2007 under that syllabus.

Important Notice

These poems, short stories, non-fiction and drama texts will be made available in this website. Reproduction of them in print form commercially is entirely prohibited as the authors have given their consent for publishing them only in the publication by the Educational Publications Department. Failing to adhere to this is liable for legal action by the authors and publishers.


Theme: Nature

The Sea – J. Reeves
The Lake Isle of Innisfree – W.B.Yeats
She dwelt among the untrodden ways – William Wordsworth
A Minor Bird – Robert Frost

War and violence

Charge of the Light Brigade – Lord Tennyson
Anthem for Doomed Youth – Wilfred Owen
Where have all the flowers gone – Pete Seeger
Anne Frank huis – Andrew Motion


Leave Taking – Cecil Rajendra
The Seven Ages of Man – William Shakespeare
Paying Calls – Thomas Hardy
Mid Term Break – Seamus Heaney


Wedding Photographs – Jean Arasanayagam
The Garden of Love – William Blake
A Worker Reads History – Bertolt Brecht
Night Mail – W.H.Auden


Parrot –Alan Brownjohn
The Pigtail – William Makepeace Thackarey
Matilda –Hilaire Belloc
Father William –Lewis Carroll

Poems for Extra Reading –(not to be tested on)

An extract from ‘Michael' - William Wordsworth
The Lamb – William Blake
She Walks in Beauty – Lord Byron
Bury Me In a Free Land – Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Those Winter Sundays – Robert Hayden


Village by the Sea –Anita Desai (Penguin edition) OR
Jane Eyre –Charlotte Bronte (Macmillan abridged version)

  • Students will be tested on “The Village by the Sea'' or ‘Jane Eyreâ€?
    at the G.C.E. (O/L) Examination.

  • School Based Assessment must be done by the teachers on one
    of the following novels suggested for reading for enjoyment.
Les Miserables –Victor Hugo (Macmillan abridged version)
Great Expectations –Charles Dickens (Macmillan abridged version)
Huckleberry Finn –Mark Twain (Macmillan abridged version)

Short Stories and Non- Fiction

The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde
Gift of the Magi – O.Henry
Life and Death of Cholmondeley (edited) Gerald Durrell
The Dark Years - an extract from Nelson Mandela's autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom�


Villa for Sale – Sacha Guitry
Everyman – A morality play

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