1. Aristotle's theory of tragedy is governed by a preoccupation with audience response. Discuss.
2. 'Our tragedies and comedies not without cause cried out against observing rules neither of honest civility nor of skillful poetry', says Sidney. Discuss Sidney's statement.
3. T.S. Eliot says you cannot value the poet alone 'you must set him, for contrast and comparison, among the dead.' In the light of this statement explain Eliot's perspective in the essay, Tradition and Individual Talent.
4. Discuss Classical Tragedy with reference to Hegel and Nietzsche. (Williams)
5. 'There is no Criticism without Ideology.' How does Belsey argue this thesis in Critical Practice.
6. Raymond Williams in 'Tragedy and Tradition' and Belsey in Critical Practice urge us to revaluate existing approaches to Criticism. Discuss.
7. Critically evaluate any ONE of the following:
(i) I am not one who much or oft delight
To season of my fireside with personal talk,
Of friends who live within an easy walk,
Or neighbours, daily, weekly in my sight:
And for my chance acquaintance ladies bright,
Sons, mothers, maidens withering on the stalk,
These all wear out of me, like Forms, with chalk
Painted on rich men's floor, for one feast night.
Inherited expertise. I
Saw you still the pole and work your
Son to the ground. A dying art
Bridged two generations. You thought.
Now we come for formalities
But you talk of poetry and how
Meaningful some verses become
When the young die and old men live.