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Dibrugarh University Arts Question Papers:ENGLISH (Major) (Criticism - I) ' November-2014

Course: 502
(Criticism - I)
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Answer any eight of the following questions: 1x8=8
  1. How many constituent parts in tragedy does Aristotle identify in The Poetics?
  2. What is defined as ‘reversal of situation’ in the plot by Aristotle in The Poetics?
  3. In which language was On the Sublime originally written?
  4. What does ‘nobility of diction’ comprise of according to Longinus?
  5. Name the work in reply to which Philip Sidney wrote An Apology for Poetry.
  6. What is the purpose of poetry according to Sidney?
  7. Who wrote The Lives of the English Poets?
  8. When was Johnson’s edition of Shakespeare published?
  9. Which Shakespearean play does Johnson describe to be ‘the vigorous and vivacious offspring of observation impregnated by genius’?
  10. With what does Sidney associate ‘invention’ or ‘creation’?
2. (a) Enumerate the constituent parts in tragedy as discussed in Aristotle’s The Poetics. Briefly explain each of them.        6+9=15
(b) Define tragedy as discussed in The Poetics. Discuss its characteristics. 3+12=15
3. (a) “Longinus…is….a classicist in taste, a romanticist in temper and an idealist at heart.”
Analyze the importance of Longinus as a critic in the light of the above statement. 15
(b) How does Longinus describe sublimity in literature with reference to classical literature? Examine ‘grandeur of thought’ and ‘appropriate use of figures’ as sources of the sublime. 5+10=15
4. (a) “Sidney’s An Apology for Poetry is not only a reply to Gosson but much more.”
In the light of the above statement, discuss the major aspects that Sidney highlights in An Apology for Poetry. 15
(b) Comment on Sidney’s treatment of the classical norms in An Apology for Poetry.
5. (a) How does Dr. Johnson elucidate in his Preface to Shakespeare that Shakespeare was a ‘poet of nature’, one who holds up to his readers a faithful mirror of manners and life? 15
(b) Analyze the relevance of Dr. Johnson as an eighteenth century literary critic in the light of his essay prescribed in your course.
6. Answer any three of the following questions: 4x3=12
  1. Explain the three ‘unities’ that are necessary to be present in the plot according to Aristotle.
  2. What does nobility of diction comprise of according to Longinus? Explain briefly.
  3. How does Sidney define poetry as an art of limitation?
  4. What is the first defect of Shakespeare according to Dr. Johnson?


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