Sunday, 21 December 2014
PAST PAPER - POETRY 2014
15. YEAR 2014
Attempt any FOUR questions including question No.1. which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry equal marks.
1. Explain any FOUR of the following with reference to the context.
(i) 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;
(ii) Cows are going home in the lane there, looping the
hedges with their warm wreatches of breath.
(iii) But if he stood there 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...
(iv) Something of his sad freedom
As he rode the tumbrel
Should come to me, driving,...
(v) And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!
(vi) And the sad Goodess weeping at his feet
Until at length old Saturn lifted up
Has faded eyes, and saw his kingdom gone
And all the gloom and sorrow of the place,
And that fair kneeling Goddess:
2. With close reference to Blake's 'Songs of Experience' describe the moral structure he desires in the English society.
3. Comment on the structure of 'The Ancient Mariner'.
4. How far does the imager in the 'Ode to a Nightingale' complement its thematic concern?
5. Larkin's poetry is about coming to terms with loss. Comment.
6. Discuss Heaney's perspective on Ireland in 'Toome Road' and 'Casting and Gathering'.
7. 'The Though Fox' is a poem about metaphor. Discuss.