Tuesday, 12 August 2014
PAST PAPERS - M.A. ENGLISH (PU) PART II
PAPER I - POETRY
1. YEAR 2004
Attempt FOUR questions. Question No. 1 is compulsory. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Refer THREE of the following passages to their context and explain these critically.
(i) Are those her ribs through which the Sun
Did peer, as through a grate?
And is that woman all her crew?
Is that a Death? And are there two?
Is Death that woman's mate?
(ii) Forlorn! The very word is like a bell
To toll me back from thee to my sole self!
Adieu! The fancy cannot cheat so well
As she is famed to do, deceiving elf.
(iii) You went on and on. Here were reasons
To recite Chaucer. Then came the Wyf of Bath,
Your favourite character in all literature.
We were rapt. And the cows were enthralled.
(iv) Closed like confessionals, they thread
Loud moons of cities, giving back
None of the glances they absorb.
Light glossy grey, arms on a plaque.
They come to rest at any kerb.
(v) Now to pry into roots, to finger slime
To stare, big eyed Narcissus, into some spring
Is beneath all adult dignity, I rhyme
To see myself, to set the darkness echoing.
(vi) How the Chimney sweeper's cry
Every blackening Church appalls;
And the hapless soldier's sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls.
2. "Without contrariness is no progression" said Blake. From your reading of his poems, describe how, as Blake move from Songs of Innocence to Songs of Experience, :"the exquisitely tender vision of childhood is crossed and shadowed by the darker realities of life".
3. "In the Rime of the Ancient Mariner", Coleridge exercises an imaginative realism; however unnatural his events, they are formed from natural elements, and we believe in them". Discuss.
4. "Hyperion is a veritable gallery of studies in pain" and "what Keats achieves above all in Hyperion is the sublimation of suffering". What is you opinion?
5. Critically examine one of the following poems by Seamus Heaney:
(i) A Constable Calls
(ii) The Tollund Mand
6. Write a critical note on the use of animal imagery for symbolic purpose in the poetry of Ted Hughes.
7. What are the various themes in the poems of Philip Larkin you have read?