Saturday, 18 October 2014

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

12. YEAR 2012
Attempt FOUR questions. Question No. 1 is compulsory. All questions carry equal marks. 
1. Explain with reference to their context any THREE of the following;
(i) Since someone will forever be surprising
A hunger in himself to be more serious,
And gravitating with it to this ground,
Which, he once heard was proper to grow wise in, .....
(ii) 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.
(iii) Cows are going home in the lane there, looping the hedges
with their warm wreathes of breath
A dark river of blood, many boulders,
Balancing unspilled milk.
(iv) Ah Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done;
(v) Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, bone aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies -------
(vi) The seraph-band, each waved his hand;
No voice did they impart -
No voice; but oh! the silence sank
Like music on my heart.
2. 'Ode to Nightingale' and 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' are poems about art. Explain. (Keats: Odes)
3. Heaney's poetry explores man's relationship with history. Discuss. (Heaney)
4. Show how Blake sensitizes the reader to the inter-relatedness of man and other life forms. (William Blake)
5. Discuss the use of epiphany in Larkin's 'Mr. Bleaney' and 'Ambulances'. (Larkin)
6. Artist's observation is a common theme between Hughes' poems 'Chaucer' and 'Full Moon' and 'Little Frieda'. Explain. (Ted Hughes)
7. Discuss the theme of torment in the poetry of Coleridge. (Coleridge) 

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