Thematic Division of Duffy's Poems: IOC Bible

Thematic Division of Duffy's Poems: IOC Bible

This should be your BIBLE for nailing the IOC, in both English A: Language and Literature HL and SL. These set of notes contain a comprehensive table with thematic division of 15 Duffy poems which are commonly used as extracts for the IOC. Each poem has been divided into 3/4 themes and supporting evidence for each has been provided in a carefully composed table. The themes used have been curated through class discussions, online resources, and more. Utilizing this as your bible for Carol Ann Duffy's poems, one of the texts used for IOC, will help you excel in English A Language and Literature, SL and HL!


The table includes thematic division and evidences for the following 15 poems:

  1. Little Red Cap
  2. The Chord
  3. Diet
  4. Eurydice
  5. Foreign
  6. Loud
  7. Mrs. Aesop
  8. Mrs. Lazarus
  9. Queen Herod
  10. Penelope
  11. Pope Joan
  12. Salome
  13. Tall
  14. Thetis
  15. Mrs. Midas


By using such a table, the extremely time-consuming task of thematic division of texts for IOCs will be a task of just a few minutes - with everything already on your plate, helping you excel in your IOC!


Pro Tip: It is important to note that the IOC (individual oral commentary) constitutes for a hefty 15% of your overall grade. Given that this takes place internally, it is in your best interest to score well in this since many students find it challenging to score in the final exams.

  • Sample of Table

    The image above is a sample of how each poem has been carefully divded into 3/4 themes and supporting evidence for each has also been provided.