Sunday, 21 December 2014

PAST PAPER - CRITICISM 2014

15. YEAR 2014
Attempt any FOUR questions. All questions carry equal marks. 
1. Discuss at length the criterion for a tragic hero laid down by Aristotle in Poetics.
2. Sidney's Apology for Poetry is a work which has rightly been valued as one of the outstanding performances in English Criticism and one which inaugurated a new phase in the history of criticism. What is your opinion? Explain with arguments.
3. "It is not the, the greatness the intensity of emotions, the components, but the intensity of the artistic process, the pressure, so to speak, under which the fusion takes place, that counts." Explain this statement in the light of Eliot's essay "Tradition and the Individual Talent". 
4. What is meant by the term New Criticism? Does Belsey oppose it or support it? Discuss. 
5. Why in Raymond William's view Greek tragedy is unique and cannot be reproduced in modern times? Discuss with reference to Modern Tragedy. 
6. "The ultimate objective of Criticism is neither to accept nor to reject but to take issue & proceed." What is your opinion? 
7. Critically examine any ONE of the following:
(i) Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Easter tide. 
Now, of my three score years and ten
Twenty will not come again, 
And take from seventy Springs a score, 
It only leaves me fifty more, 
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room
About the woodland I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow. (A.E. Houseman
(ii) The silver swan, who living had not note, 
When death approached, unlocked her silent throat, 
Leaning her breast against the ready shore, 
Thus sung her first and last, and sung no more:
Farewell all joys! O death, come close mine eyes;
More geese than swans now love, more fools than wise. (Anonymous

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