1. Explain THREE of the excerpts that follow and refer them to their context:
(i) But if he stood and watched the frigid wind
Tousling the clouds lay on the fusty bed
Telling himself that this was home and grinned,
And shivered, without shaking off the dread
(ii) And all should cry: Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread
(iii) How the chimney-sweeper's cry
Every blackening church appals,
And the hapless soldier's sigh
Runs in blood down palace walls
(iv) And little own, they streets forever more
Will silent be; and not a soul to tell
Why thou art desolate, can ever return
(v) Till, with a sudden sharp hot stink of fox
It enters the dark hole of the head
The windows is starless still; the clock ticks,
The page is printed.
(vi) Out there is Jutland
In the old man-killing parishes
I will feel lost,
Unhappy and at home.
2. Discuss the position of the speaker in any two poems of Heaney from your syllabus. (S. Heaney)
3. Focus and sustained observation is a running concern in the poetry of Ted Hughes. Comment. (Ted Huges)
4. Larkin's poetry is the outcome of detached observation. Comment. (Larkin)
5. Discuss the style and structure of Kubla Khan. (S.T. Coleridge)
6. The Grecian Urn is a call for balance in poetry. Discuss. (J. Keats)
7. Analyze Blake's social consciousness with detailed reference to his poetry. (W. Blake)