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Previous Question of '16th and 17th century poetry'- 2013 (with answer)





Subject Code: 1173

16th and 17th century poetry

Time: 4 Hours                                                                                                       Full Marks: 80


1. Answer any ten of the following questions                                                           1 × 10 = 10

(a) Who is Gloriana?

      Ans: Queen Gloriana is an idealized portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. Although she does not appear in the poem, many of the knights set out on their quests from her court, and they often praise her virtue and splendour.

(b) What is Easter?

      Ans: Easter is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

(c) What does the word ‘valediction” mean?

      Ans: The word 'valediction' means the act of bidding farewell.

(d) What is ‘manna’?

 (e) What do you mean by the word, ‘canonization’?

      Ans: ‘Canonization’ means the act of declaring a dead person to be a saint by a Christian church. Upon this declaration the person is included in the "canon", or list, of recognized saints.

(f) What did the monster Error vomit?

      Ans: The monster Error vomited out black poison, full of lumps of flesh, books, papers, frogs and toads without eyes.

(g) What is pandemonium?

      Ans: Pandemonium is the capital of Hell in John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost.

(h) What is the theme of the epic “Paradise Lost”?

      Ans: The theme of the epic “Paradise Lost” is “Man's first Disobedience.”

(i) What does the poet mean by the phrase ‘Vegetable love’?

      Ans: "Vegetable love" means natural love that grows fast without the pressure of being curbed by mitigation of sexual desire. 

(j) What is hyperbole?

      Ans: Hyperbole is a kind of figure of speech in which an extreme exaggeration is used to make a point.

(k) Why is grave not a proper place for making love?

      Ans: According to the poet, grave is not a private place for making love because nobody can embrace his beloved there.

(l) What does George Herbert mean by the word ‘collar’?

      Ans: George Herbert means discipline in divinity by the word 'collar'. It also means anything that keeps a man under self-control and curtails his freedom.



Answer any five of the following questions:                                                               4 × 5 = 20

2. What does Donne say about women in his poem ‘Go and Catch a Falling Star’?

3. Why and how does the poet rebuke the sun in the poem ‘The Sun Rising’?

4. Write a short note on Beelzebub.

5. Locate and explain the following lines:

One short sleep past, we wake eternally

And death shall be no more, Death thou shalt die.

6. Identify and explain:-

To reign is worth ambition though in Hell

Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.

7. Write a short note on monster Error.

8. Why and how does Herbert wish to fly in the poem ‘Easter Wings’?

9. How does Marvell define love in his poem ‘The Definition of Love’?



Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 × 5 = 50

10. What qualities of an epic do you find in the book I of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”?

11. What pictorial quality do you find in the “Faerie Queene” Canto-I?

12. What metaphysical qualities are found in the poems of Andrew Marvell?

13. Write a critical appreciation of the poem “The Sun Rising”.

14. Critically analyse the first speech of Satan in Book I of the "‘Paradise Lost”.

15. How does Donne combine emotion and intellect in his poetry?

16. Write a note on Spenser’s treatment of good and evil in the “Faerie Queene”.

17. Evaluate Herbert as a religious poet.