Saturday, 27 September 2014

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

4. YEAR 2007
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) Tiger! Tiger! Burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What Immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
(ii) An orphan's course would drag to hell
A spirit from on high;
But oh! More horrible than that
Is a curse in a dead man's eye!
Seven days, seven nights, I saw that cure,
And yet I could not die.
(iii) Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd,
Pipe top the spirit ditties of no tone;
(iv) And the countryside not caring;
The place --- names all hazed over
Shadowing Doomsday lines
Under Wheat's restless silence'
(v) Till with a sudden sharp bot stink of fox
It enters the dark hole of the head
The window is starless still; the clock ticks,
The page is printed.
2. Are Blake's poems symbolic? Illustrate with examples.
3. Coleridge is often described as a "poet of the imagination". Explain.
4. What are some of the recurring motifs that appear throughout the six odes?
5. Heaney's 'A Constable Calls' is based on memory. It talks of distrust and fear. Elaborate.
6. The 'Though -- Fox' has often been acknowledged as one of the most completely realized and artistically satisfying of the poems. Discuss.
7. The poem 'Ambulances' is an expression of Larkin's concept of Death. Discuss. 

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