Larkin and Owen poems dropped from GCSE syllabus

“What will survive of us is love.” This is the often-quoted final line of Philip Larkin’s poem ‘An Arundel Tomb’, which has not survived a rethink of a GCSE English literature course by an examination board, in favour of more diverse range of authors. The first world war poem ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ by Wilfred Owen has also been discarded.  

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