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MEG1 British Poetry December 2007
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MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN ENGLISH
Time: 3 hours
Maximum Marks: 100
1. (a) Syngynge he was, or floytynge, al the day;
He was as fressh as is the month of May.
Short was his gowne, with sIeves longe and wyde
Wel koude he sitte on hors and faire ryde.
(b) Let Sporus tremble - A. What ? that thing of silk,
Sporus, that mere white curd of ass's milk ?
Satire or sense, alas can Sporus feel ?
Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?
P. Yet let me flap this bug with gilded wings,
This painted child of dirt, that stinks and stings;
2. Examine the use of classical mythology in Milton's 'Nativity Ode'.
3. Why did satire become popular in the age of Dryden and Pope?
4. Discuss Wordsworth's theory of poetry as propounded by him in his Preface.
5. What is Confessional Poetry ? Do death and suicide form a part of the confessional mode in Sylvia Plath's poetry? Explain.
6. Attempt a critical appreciation of Donne's A Hymn to God the Father.
7. Examine Blake's twin poems The Tyger' and 'The Lamb' as 'two aspects of God and two states of man'.
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