QP Code:18UA9SEG(I) 2.
Assignment December-2017 & June-2018 Subsidiary Course
ENGLISH 1st Paper Poetry : SEG - I Full Marks : 100
Answer Option (a) and any two from the rest of the following : 12 × 3 = 36 a) Write the substance and comment critically on any one of the following poems : O talk not to me of a name great in i) story ; The days of our youth are the days of our glory ; And the myrtle and ivy of sweet twoand-twenty Are worth all your laurels, though ever so plenty.
Weightage of Marks : 30%
What are garlands and crowns to the brow that is wrinkled ? ’Tis but as a dead flower with Maydew besprinkled : Then away with all such from the head that is hoary — What care I for the wreaths that can only give glory ?
Special credit will be given for precise and correct answer. Marks will be deducted for spelling mistakes, untidiness and illegible handwriting. The figures in the margin indicate full marks.
Answer any two of the following : a)
O Fame ! if I e’er took delight in thy praises, ’Twas less for the sake of the highsounding phrases, Than to see the bright eyes of the dear one discover She thought that I was not unworthy to love her.
20 × 2 = 40
Write a note on Donne’s use of conceits with reference to ‘Death be not Proud’.
Discuss the features of neo-classical poetry.
Bring out the important features of the
There chiefly I sought thee, there only I found Thee ; Her glance was the best of the rays that surround Thee ; When it sparkled o’er aught that was bright in my story, I knew it was love, and I felt it was glory.
poetry of the Romantic period. d)
Consider ‘My Last Duchess’ as a dramatic monologue.
The glories of our blood and state Are shadows not substantial things ; There is no armour against fate ; Death lays his icy hands on kings :
QP Code:18UA9SEG(I) e) 3.
Sceptre and Crown Must tumble down, And in the dust be equal made With the poor crooked scythe and spade. Some men with swords may reap the field, And plant fresh laurels where they kill ; But their strong nerves at last must yield ; They tame but one another still : Early or late They stoop to fate, And must give up their murmuring breath When they, pale captives, creep to death. The garlands wither on your brow ; Then boast no more your mighty deeds ! Upon Death’s purple altar new See where the victor-victim bleeds Your heads must come To the cold tomb : Only the actions of the just Smell sweet and blossom in their dust. b)
Make a comparison between the features of the epic and the mock-epic.
Compare and contrast the two ‘Chimney Sweeper’ poems.
“He does his work, I mine.” What does Ulysses imply by this statement ? Comment.
What is the poet seeking in ‘An Acre of Grass’ ? Is he able to achieve his ideal ?
Answer any four of the following : 6 × 4 = 24 a) What does the poet mean by the line : “And death shall be no more, Death thou shalt die”. b) “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield” — What is the significance of this line ? c) Describe the poet’s boyhood relationship with nature in “Tintern Abbey”. d) What are the characteristics of the dramatic monologue ? e) Describe the character of the Duchess in the poem ‘My Last Duchess’. f) Why does the poet refer to the church as ‘This special cell’ ? g) Explain the meaning of ‘internee’. h) Explain the meaning of the phrase “glean’d my teeming brain”.
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