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Dibrugarh University Arts Question Papers:ENGLISH (Major) (Reading Poetry)' (November)-2012

Course: 302
(Reading Poetry)
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Answer any one of the following: 12
  1. Write a critical note on William Shakespeare as a composer of sonnets, with special reference to the sonnets 18, 60 and 65 prescribed for your study.
  2. How does Shakespeare interweave the themes of time, mortality and love in the sonnets contained in your syllabus?
  3. How the poem, A Valediction does: Forbidding Mourning celebrates the spiritual quality of love?
  4. Write a critical appreciation of the poem, The Collar.

2. (a) What is an epic? Critically analyze Paradise Lost (Book 1) as an epic poem. 12
(b) Write a critical note on the character of Satan in Paradise Lost (Book 1).
(c) Write a note on the pagan gods described by Milton in Paradise Lost (Book 1).

3. (a) Write an essay on William Wordsworth as a Romantic poet on the basis of the poem in your syllabus. 12
(b) How does Wordsworth depict various stages of development of his love for nature in the poem, Lines Written a few Miles Above Tintern Abbey?
(c) How does Keats deal with the contrasting themes of immortality of art and transience of human life in the poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn?

4. (a) Comment on the literary technique of ‘dramatic monologue’, with special reference to the poem, The Last Ride Together. 12
(b) “In this poem, language, thought and mood are perfectly fused to bring out the central theme which deals with the superiority of life and love over everything else.” Explain referring to The Last Ride Together.
(c) What is the melancholy view of life expressed by Arnold in Dover Beach? Does the poem end on a pessimistic note?

5. (a) What apocalyptic vision does Yeats present in The Second Coming? Discuss. 12
(b) Write a critical note on T. S. Elliot’s poetic technique with illustrations from the poem prescribed.
(c) Examine Eliot’s Journey of the Magi as a portrait of the contrast between death and rebirth.

6. (a) Critically analyze any two of the following: 6x2=12
  1. If they be two, they are two so
As stiffe twin compasses are two,
Thy soul the fixt peat, makes no show
To move, but doth, if th’ other doe.

  1. Like as the waves make towards the
Pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;
Each changing place with that which
Goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards do contend.

  1. Not for this
Faint I, nor mourn nor murmur; other gifts
Have followed; for such loss, I would believe,
Abundant recompense.

  1. What though the field be lost?
All is not lost; the unconquerable will,
And study of revenge, immortal hate
And courage never to submit or yield:

  1. ….. but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a
Rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come
Round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

  1. And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle
And flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

7. Answer, if brief, the following questions: 1x8=8
  1. State the total number of sonnets Shakespeare wrote.
  2. Name the volume containing Herbert’s most popular poems.
  3. To which period of English literature did John Keats belong?
  4. In which volume of poems was Tintern Abbey first published?
  5. What is an elegiac poem?
  6. Quote the opening line of Paradise Lost.
  7. With whom did W. B. Yeats collaborate to translate the Upanishads into English?
  8. Which ancient Greek dramatist does Arnold refer to in his poem, Dover Beach?


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