The chapters of ICSE Class 10 are mentioned below which students will be taught in that respective academic year. All the Chapters are compulsory for Class 10 students to study from the exam point of view. The Chapters comprise the whole syllabus for English Literature. The summary of the all the Chapters is given below.


ICSE Class 10 English Literature Chapters

The Merchant of Venice

An antisemitic merchant, takes a loan from the Jew Shylock to help his friend to court Portia. Antonio can’t repay the loan, and without mercy, Shylock demands a pound of his flesh. The heiress Portia, now the wife of Antonio’s friend, dresses as a lawyer and saves Antonio.


Short Summary of the Poems

The Heart of the Tree

‘The Heart of the Tree’ is a poem about the beauty of planting a tree or the satisfaction gained from it. The poet in this poem describes beautifully what a person plants when he plants a tree.

The Cold Within

The poem describes what happens to a person when they let their prejudices control their decisions. Each of the six people had a stick of wood as they were trapped by chance in the biting cold. The fire that keeps them warm is about to go out, but no one is ready to use their log.

The Bangle Sellers 

The title of the story is taken from a poem by Sarojini Naidu. The book is about the lives of Indian women, their cultures, and their traditions. The story is about bangle sellers who urged passersby to look at their bangles and buy them for their daughters and wives.

After Blenheim 

Robert Southey’s “After Blenheim ” is an anti war poem. Through a conversation between an older man and his grandchildren, this poem describes the Battle of Blenheim that took place in 1704. This poem illustrates a commoner’s ignorance about war’s casualties and its pointless grandeur.


This poem by Dahl is long and didactic in tone, but also has a message of relevance to today’s society. Poet apologies for the numbing effects of excessive viewing of TV on children. Thus, the parents must remove the television set from their homes and replace it with a collection of books.


As Poet wandered above hills and valleys, he came across a field of daffodils beside a lake. While the waves of the lake danced alongside the dancing flowers, the daffodils out did the water in their joy.

I know why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou published her first autobiographical work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, in 1969. The book documents her life from age 3 to age 16 and recounts an unsettled and sometimes traumatic childhood, which included racism and rape.

The Patriot

Robert Browning wrote ‘The Patriot,’ a famous dramatic monologue. He uses a single speaker as well. In his poem, The Patriot, Browning introduces a patriot to recount how his fortune changed in a single year.

Abou Ben Adhem

It is a poem by Leigh Hunt, a key figure in the Romantic movement in England, about a meeting between the saint Abou Ben Adhem (Anglicized as Ibrahim bin Adham) and an angel who is preserving a record of those who love God.

Nine Gold Medals

David Roth, an American rock singer, wrote Nine gold medals as a poem. The nine gold medals summary encourages human compassion and cooperation. It is based on the nine differently-abled athletes participating in a Special Olympics event. In addition, it is about a race that takes place between the runners.


Short Summary of the Stories

Chief Seattle Speech

It is a speech delivered by Chief Seattle in 1854 at Washington. It contains arguments in favour of ecological responsibility and respect of native American’s land rights. He hopes that their good father in Washington would protect them and his brave warriors would prove to be a great wall of strength.

Old Man at the Bridge

The story “Old Man at the Bridge” is about a conversation between a war correspondent and an old man who had to leave his hometown during the Spanish Civil War. Simple and brief, this story portrays powerfully how war affects common people without political considerations.

A Horse and two Goats

Muni lives in Malgudi with his wife and is a very poor man. Muni is a very poor man living in Malgudi with his wife. Each day, he takes his two goats to graze near an old statue of a horse outside. Muni’s wife asks him to buy some food, but he doesn’t have any money. One fine day he meets American at his favourite place the Muni’s life changes for a while.

Hearts and Hands

Henry’s story ‘Hearts and Hands’ describes a chance encounter between two acquaintances on a train. Rather than traveling on a normal journey, Mr Easton is going to be imprisoned. Mr Easton is saved from embarrassment by the marshal who is taking him along.

A Face in the Dark

Ruskin Bond wrote a short story titled A Face in the Dark. The story is set on a dark windy night when an Anglo-Indian teacher, Mr. Oliver, dared to walk through the pine forest for a short cut after spending the evening at Shimla Bazaar. On his way back, he saw a boy sitting alone on a rock.

An angel in Disguise

The Thompson family finds an angel in a poor, miserable and wretched child. A poor woman who has been hated her entire life by almost every person in the village now finds herself surrounded by the same people. She dies drunk on the threshold of her own home.

The Little Match Girl

A poor young girl tries to sell matches in the street on a freezing New Year’s Eve, shivering and barefoot. Rather than go home because her father would beat her for not selling matches, she huddles in the alley between two houses and lights matches one by one to warm herself.

The Blue Bead

Norah Burke wrote the novel The Blue Bead in the 20th century. A 12-year-old girl named Sibia performs a heroic deed in the story. A Gujar woman is saved by her without wasting any time from a crocodile. She was a poor Indian girl living in poverty. Moreover, she finds happiness in the smallest things, gets fascinated by natural jewellery, and is brave and courageous. Also, she is a keen observer and can make quick decisions.

My Greatest Olympic Prize

My Greatest Olympic Prize is an autobiographical account of Jesse Owens’ experience of true friendship in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he won four gold medals.His goal was to prove Hitler’s theory wrong by taking home one or two of those gold medals.

All Summer in a Day

The short story “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury is about a group of schoolchildren living on Venus. On Venus, a planet of seemingly endless rain, the children at school eagerly await the predicted appearance of the sun, a brief phenomenon that occurs only once every seven years.