MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN ENGLISH
Term End Examination December, 2019
MEG-1 : BRITISH POETRY
Time : 3 hours
Maximum Marks : 100
Questions no. 1 is compulsory. Attempt any four other questions. No additional answer booklet shall be provided.
1. Answer any two with reference to the context:
(a) The forward youth that would appear
Must now forsake his Muses dear,
Nor in the shadows sing
His numbers languishing.
(b) Whan that Aprill \vith his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the
(c) All human things are subject to decay.
And, when Fate summons. monarchs must obey.
(d) Oh there is blessing in this gentle breeze,
A visitant that while it fans my cheek
Doth seen, half-conscious of the joy it brings
From the green fields, and from yon azure sky.
Answer any four questions :
2. What does the term “Renaissance” mean ? Identify some of the key factors responsible for the spread of the Renaissance in Europe.
3. Compare Epithalamion and Prothalamion as wedding songs.
4. What were some of the cultural and political factors that led to the making of Milton as the first major English epic poet ?
5. Why do you think satire became popular in the age of Dryden and Pope ?
6. What early imitations of Romanticism do you find in Robert Burns ?
7. Assess the contribution of the poets of the First World War to modern British poetry.
8. Comment on Yeats’ poetic use of his ambivalent attitude to the Easter Rebellion in “Easter 1916”.
9. How does Confessional Poetry differ from the kind of poetry that was written in the early decades of the twentieth century ?