Saturday, 7 May 2016

PAST PAPER LITERARY CRITICISM (PU) - 2015

Attempt any FOUR questions. All questions carry equal marks. 
1. Critically analyze Aristotle's concept of a tragic hero.
2. How far would you agree that in moral doctrine also, the poet surpasses the historian as well as the philosopher? Discuss in the light of Sidney's "An Apology for Poetry". 
3. Is it justified to call Eliot's essay "Tradition and the Individual Talent" a manifesto of Eliot's criticism?
4. What according to Raymond Williams are the distinctive features of Secular tragedy?
5. What is structural criticism? What position does Belsey take on structuralist criticism?
6. What are the main qualities of a good critic? Refer to at least two of the critics in your course to elaborate you answer. 
7. Critically examine any ONE of the following poems. 
(i) I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone,
Stand in the desert ... near them, on the sand
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal those words appear;
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sand stretch far away.
(P.B. Shelley)
(ii) I have finished my combat with the sun,
And my body, the old animal, Knows nothing more.
The power seasons bred and killed,
And where themselves the genii
Of their own ends.
Oh, but the very self of the storm
Of sun and slaves, breeding and death,
The old animal. 
(Wallace Stevens)

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