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Previous Question of '16th and 17th century poetry'- 2015 (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) What is ‘invocation’ in an epic?

     Ans: An 'invocation' in an epic is an entreaty for aid and guidance from a Muse or deity at the beginning of the epic.

b) Who is the architect of Pandemonium?

     Ans: Mulciber, one of the fallen angels, is the architect of the Pandemonium.

c) What does ‘Three Person’d God’ refer to in “Batter My Heart”?

     Ans: In 'Batter My Heart', 'Three-Person’d God' refers to the Christian concept of Trinity - God, Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Ghost.

d) What is meant by ‘Man’s first disobedience"?

     Ans: 'Man's first disobedience’ is the act of eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.

e) Why does Marvell call his beloved a coy mistress?

     Ans: Marvell calls his beloved a coy mistress because she is reluctant to have physical relationship with the poet.

f) What figure of speech is used in the term ‘Magnanimous Despair’?

     Ans: "Magnanimous Despair" is the example of an oxymoron.

g) Why does the poet call himself a “self-traitor”?

h) Who is Archimago?

     Ans: Archimago is a sorcerer in “The Faerie Queene” by Spenser.

i) Why is the Gentle Knight called ‘The Redcross Knight’?

     Ans: The Gentle Knight is called "The Redcross Knight" because a blood-red cross was inscribed both on the breastplate of his armour and on his shield.

j) How is the lover’s love begotten in “The Definition of Love”?

     Ans: According to the poet, his love is begotten by despair and impossibility. Despair is the father and impossibility is the mother of this love.

k) What kind of poem is “The Collar”?

     Ans: "The Collar" is a religious poem.

l) What does ‘Easter’ stand for?

     Ans: The word 'Easter' refers to the festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion.



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

2. Why is “The Faerie Queene” called a romantic epic?

3. Locate and explain the following:

"She is all states and all princes I,

Nothing else is.

4. What is the poet’s idea about the immortality of the soul in “Death Be Not Proud”?

5. Why does Herbert wish to fly in the poem “Easter Wings”?

6. Identify and explain:-

Hither With crystal vials, lovers come,

And take my tears, which are love’ s wine

7. What is the role of time and Fate in human life as you find in Marvell’s poems? 

8. Locate and explain the lines:

The mind is its own place, and in itself,

Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.

9. Write a short note on Beelzebub.



Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 × 5 = 50

10. What significance of the Red-Cross Knight’s encounter with the Monster Error do you get from “The Faerie Queene” Book I, Canto 1?

11. Discuss the relationship of Herbert with God emphasizing the nature of his conflict in this respect.

12. “Donne ‘has broken the monotony of traditional poems and brought novelty in love poems.”-How? Discuss.

13. What qualities of an epic do you find in Book-I of Milton’s “Paradise Lost”?

14. Write a critical appreciation of Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress”.

15. Describe the significance of Satan’s first speech as you get in “Paradise Lost” Book-1.

16. Comment on the character and role of Archimago.

17. Discuss Marvell as a metaphysical poet.