UNDERSTANDING POETRY – BEGE-106
Programme Code: BEGE
BEGE-106/TMA/Ast / 2017-2018
Maximum Marks: 100
Answer questions 1, 2, 3 and 3 more from the remaining questions.
- Scan the following passages and comment on their prosodic features:
- When the British Warrior queen
Bleeding for the Roman rods,
Sought with an indignant mien
Counsel of her country’s gods.
- Confusion shame remorse despair,
At once his bosom swell
The damps of death bedewed his brow,
He shook, he groaned, he fell.
- Most friendship is feigning
Most friendship mere folly.
- Explain with reference to their contexts the following passages and supply brief critical comments where necessary: 7x4=28
- For gold his Sword the Hireling Ruffian draws,
For gold the hireling judge distorts the Laws;
Wealth heap’d on Wealth, nor Truth nor Safety buys,
The Dangers gather as the Treasures rise.
- …..his control
Stop with the shore; upon the Watery plain
The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain
A Shadow of man’s ravage save his own.
- …fathers had never known
Success so huge and wholly farcical;
- The lawyer’s deed
To them and to their heirs
Who shall succeed,
- Discuss in your own words, Emile Legouis’ words: ‘The great victories of Edrward III were being
sung in London, and Minot’s poems were current in the country side when Chaucer was born and
when his mind received its first impressions.’
Write short notes on the following: 5x3=15
- Edward the Confessor
- John Barbour
- William Dunbar
- Tottels Miscellany
- Sir Philip Sidney
- Write an essay on Shakespeare as a sonneteer with special reference to the poems prescribed for you . 15
- Briefly appreciate in your own words, either ‘Pied Beauty’ or ‘The Windhover’. 15
- Attempt a critique of Walt Whitman as an American poet. 15
- Briefly trace the genesis and growth of Indian English poetry in the nineteenth century. 15