Friday, 26 September 2014

Past Papers - M.A. English Part II (PU)

3. YEAR 2006
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) For Mercy has a human heart,
Pity a human face,
And love, the human form divine,
And peace, the human dress.
(ii) Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:
And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!
(iii) When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou Say'st,
'Beauty is truth, truth beauty', --- that is all.
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
(iv) Or, after dark, will dubious women come
To make their children touch a particular stone;
Pick simples for a cancer; or on some
Advised night see walking a dead one?
(v) He had unstrapped
The heavy ledger, and my father
Was making till age returns
In acres, roods and perches.
(vi) A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of bucket
And you listening
A spider's web tense for the dew's touch.
A pail lifted, still and brimming - mirror
To tempt a first star to a tremor.
2. Blake figures prominently among the poets who brought the Romantic Revival. Discuss. 
3. Critically examine the function of the wind in the development of thought in Dejection -- An Ode. 
4. The sharp contrast between the desire for beauty and awareness of pain makes Keats' Odes dramatic. Discuss. 
5. 'Ted Hughes interests in dreams and his recourse to occult symbolism are lined with the practice of many other modern poets'. Discuss. 
6. 'There are poems of Larkin which tentatively explore the possibility of positive meaning in life. Comment. 
7. What are the various themes in the poems of Seamus Heaney you have read? 

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