Friday, 5 December 2014

PAST PAPER - CRITICISM 2009

6. YEAR 2009
Attempt FOUR questions. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Discuss Aristotle's theory of tragedy with reference to any tragedy that you have read. (Aristotle: Poetics)
2. How does Williams trace the rank of the tragic hero from the Classical to the Modern times? (Raymond Williams: Modern Tragedy)
3. In what ways did New Critics change the approach of criticism towards a literary text? (Catherine: Critical Practice)
4. How is a young writer disadvantaged without a sense of tradition? (T.S. Eliot: Tradition and Individual Talent)
5. How does Sydney perceive Plato's stance on poets and poetry? (Philip Sydney: Apology for Poetry)
6. Differentiate between the Dialectical and the Rhetorical text. How does each determine the role of the reader differently? (Catherine Belsey: Critical Practice)
7. Critically evaluate any ONE of the following extracts:
(i) Twelve o' clock
Along the reaches of the street
Held in a lunar synthesis,
Whispering lunar incantations
Dissolve the floors of memory
And all its clear relations,
Its divisions and precisions,
Every street lamp that I pass
Beats like a fatalistic drum,
And through the spaces of the dark
Midnight shakes the memory
As a madman shakes a dead geranium
(T.S. Eliot: Rhapsody on a Windy Night) 
(ii) Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge
Even on a hot afternoon
One sees many joggers.
And there is the view, of course
Looking across the water
I think of those people from Vietnam.
The mothers, the fathers,
What they would'not have given,
What they would still give-
Their blood, their hair, their livers, their kidneys,
Their lunges, their fingers, their thumbs-
To get their children
Past the Statue of Liberty

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