Saturday, September 12, 2020

MEG 01 BRITISH POETRY Question Paper December 2017


Question Paper December 2017 

Time : 3 hours Maximum Marks : 100

Note : Answer question no. 1 and any four from the remaining questions.

1. Explain any two of the following passages with reference to their contexts and supply brief critical comments where necessary :

(a) Wel coude he sitte on hors, and faire ryde. He coude songes make and wel endyte, Juste and eek daunce and wel purtreye and wryte. So hote he lovede, that by nightertale He sleep namore than dooth a nightingale.

(b) In heaven at his manour I him sought : They told me there, that he was lately gone About some land, which he had dearly bought Long since on Earth, to take possession.

(c) Receiv'd of wits an undistinguish'd race, Who first his judgment ask'd, and then a place : Much they extoll'd his pictures, much his seat, And flatter'd ev'ry day, and some days eat :

(d) While on the perilous ridge I hung alone, With what strange utterance did the loud dry wind Blow through my ears ! the sky seemed not a sky Of earth, and with what motion moved the clouds.

(e) As here I lie In this state-chamber, dying by degrees, Hours and long hours in the dead night, I ask "Do I live, am I dead ?"

2. "Language became to him [Spenser] a willing servant, and could voice the subtlest shades of mood or fancy." Examine E. De Selincourt's opinion on Spenser with suitable examples from his poetry.

3. "Dryden's compositions are the effects of a vigorous genius operating upon large materials." Do you agree with Samuel Johnson's opinion ? Provide examples from Dryden's poetry in support of your answer.

4. For William Blake, "Childhood is both, itself and a symbol of a state of soul which may exist in maturity." Comment on Sir Maurice Bowra's criticism in the light of your reading of Blake.

5. "The great Victorian poets lacked the fire and passion which we find in the poets of the Romantic Revival, but they excelled them in breadth of outlook and variety of method." Discuss.

6. Comment on the influence of Indian scriptures on T.S. Eliot's poetry with special reference to The Waste Land.

7. Critically evaluate any one of the following poems :

(a) The Garden

(b) The Blessed Damozel

(c) The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St. Praxed's Church

(d) And Death Shall Have No Dominion