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'American Poetry' Previous Question- 2017 with Answer



Subject code: 241109

American Poetry

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Marks-80

Part – A

1.   Answer any ten questions:                                                                                     1´10 = 10

a) What does wall symbolize the poem Mending Wall?

      Ans : The wall in “Mending Wall” symbolizes the political, social, physical, and emotional walls that we face in our lives.

b) Why did Silas leave his job with Warren?

      Ans : Silas left his job with Warren because the later was unable to provide Silas with pocket money necessary for buying tobacco.

c) What does ‘fearful trip’ refer to in the poem O Captain My Captain?

      Ans : By "fearful trip" Whitman refers to in the poem "O Captain, My Captain" is the risky steps taken by Abraham Lincoln to remove slavery from America.

d) What is the dream of the speaker in the poem ‘I’ Too Sin America’?

e) How does Mary define Home?

      Ans : Mary defines home as "Something you somehow haven't to deserve."

f) What are the rivers in the poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers’?

      Ans : The names of the rivers that are referred to in 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers' are, the Euphrates, the Congo, the Nile, and the Mississippi.

g) What do the Blues stand for in the poem Weary Blues?


h) What does Emily Dickinson mean when she says, ‘I taste a Liquor’?


i) What is Jazz music?


j) What happens when a dream in differed?


k) What does Frost mean when he says, “Your head so much concerned with outer, Mine with inner weather”?


l) Identify the relation between Mary, Warren and Silas.



Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. What is Frost’s attitude to nature in the poem Tree at My Window?

3. What role do women play in Frost’s poetry?

4. Write a short note on Harlem Renaissance.

5. How does Walt Whitman describe the lilac-blush?

6. What dramatic qualities do you find in the poem The Death of a Hired Man?

7. Comment on the themes of Dickinson’s poems.

8. What picture of American Civil War do you find in the poem “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”?

9. Write a note on Whitman’s use of symbols.


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. What are the distinctive features of the poetic diction of Emily Dickinson?

11. “Frost is a story teller of New England”-Comment on the statement.

12. In what sense is Frost a modern poet?

13. Give an estimation of Langston Hughes as an American poet with reference to Harlem.

14. Consider When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d as an elegy.

15. Discuss Dickinson as a poet of nature.

16. What ideas of Whitman’s use of imagery do you get from a study of his poems?

17. What is symbolism? What symbolic elements do you find in the poems of Langston Hughes?