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Previous Question of '16th and 17th century poetry'- 2016 (with answer)





Subject Code: 231103

16th and 17th century poetry

Time: 4 Hours                                                                                                       Full Marks: 80


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

a) Who was called the poets’ poet?

     Ans: Edmund Spenser was called the poet’s poet.

b) Give an example of a romantic epic.

     Ans: The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser is an example of romantic epic.

c) Whom does Queen Gloriana represent?

     Ans: Queen Gloriana represents Queen Elizabeth I.

d) What is a conceit?

     Ans: Conceit is a figure of speech in which two vastly different objects are likened together with the help of similes or metaphors.

e) What kind of poem is the ‘Collar’?

     Ans: "The Collar" is a religious poem.

f) What is manna?

g) What is the significance of Magnanimous Despair?

     Ans: The significance of "Magnanimous Despair" is that only it can produce the kind of love the poet has for his beloved. 

h) Which age did Spenser belong to?

     Ans: Spenser belonged to the Elizabethan Age.

i) What is Pandemonium?

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

j) What is the significance of the title ‘Easter Wings”?

     Ans: The title “Easter Wings” signifies Christ's resurrection from the dead. According to Christianity, Christ's sacrifice, like a pair of wings, lifts the Christians out of sin and sadness.

k) Why are the East and West Indies famous?

     Ans: The East Indies is famous for their spices and West Indies is famous for diamond and other mineral substances.

1). In which year did Charles II restore his throne?

     Ans: Charles II was restored to his throne in 1660.



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

2. What do you know about the Red Cross Knight?

3. What is theme of the poem ‘Twicknam Garden’?

4. How does Andrew Marvell explain the concept of fleeting time and enjoyment?

5. Describe the leadership qualities in the character of Satan.

6. Trace Herbert’s relationship with God.

Explain the following lines with reference to the context:

Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas,

Ease after war, death after life, does greatly please.

8. Write short notes on the following

(a) Archimago             (b) Epic Simile.

9. Evaluate John Donne as a love poet.



Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 × 5 = 50

10. Discuss The Faerie Queene (Book-1) as an allegory.

11. Find out the metaphysical traits in the poems of Andrew Marvell.

12. Consider Herbert as a religious poet.

13. Give a pen-picture of Hell as depicted in Paradise Lost, Book-I.

14. Write a critical appreciation of the poem ‘A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning.

15. Who is monster Error? Describe the importance of the fight between the monster Error and the Red Cross Knight.

16. Write a note on the characteristics of Milton’s blank-verse.

17. What is “Came-Diem” theory? How does Andrew Marvell use this theory in his poem‘To His Coy Mistress’?