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'Twentieth Century Poetry' Previous Question- 2014 with Answer



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Twentieth Century Poetry

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Marks-80

Part – A

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

      a.  What will the poet build in the Lake Isle of Innisfree?

           Ans : The poet will build a cabin made of clay and wattles in the Lake Isle of Innisfree.

      b.  What does falcon stand in the poem "The Second Coming"?

           Ans : In The Second Coming the falcon symbolizes Christians.

      c.  What is the poem "Easter 1916" about?

           Ans : The poem "Easter 1916" about the events of the Easter Rising that took place in Ireland against British rule on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916.

      d.  Name some water creatures we find is the poem 'Poem in October'.

           Ans : Some water creatures we find in 'Poem in October' are mussel, heron, seagull etc. 

      e.  How does Madame Sosostris foretell?

           Ans : Madame Sosostris foretells using her tarot cards.

      f.  What does the blindness of one eye of the merchant symbolize?

           Ans : The blindness of one eye of the merchant symbolizes his blindness to spirituality and openness to commercial gains.

      g.  What does the word 'rose' mean in the sentence "And I rose in rainy autumn"?

           Ans : The word 'rose' in the sentence "And I rose in rainy autumn" means ‘woke’ or ‘left bed and went outside’.

      h.  Why does the poet want to sail to the holy city of Byzantium?

           Ans : The poet wants to sail to the holy city of Byzantium because Ireland is not a country for an old man but Byzantium is the place where spiritual activities are practiced.

      i.   How is the weather on the hill-top in the poem 'Poem in October'?

           Ans : The weather on the hill-top in the poem 'Poem in October' is summery.

      j.  How does Sylvia Plath make a comparison between a child and a cat?

           Ans : Sylvia Plath makes a comparison between a child and a cat  by describing the mouth of the baby as it cries as a cat's mouth.

      k.  What is the poem "Crossing the Water" about?

           Ans : The poem "Crossing the Water" is about going through the experience of death.

      l.   Why does Prufrock want to be Lazarus?

           Ans : Prufrock wants to be Lazarus in order to show how intensely he desires to communicate his feelings and experience to the lady he intends to propose.


Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. Write a note on ‘Spiritus Mundi'.

3. Who is Maud Gonne’s husband and what is his profession?

4. Write a note on ‘The Holy Grail’.

5. What is the problem with Prufrock?

6. Explain with reference to the context:

O may my heart’s truth

Still be sung

On this high hill in a year’s turning.

7. Comment on the fantasy used in “Poem in October”

8. What impression of the battle of sexes do you find in Sylvia Plath’s poem ‘The Rival’?

9. Write, in short, on the use of natural imagery to show mother-child relationship development in “Morning Song”.


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. Comment on W.B. Yeats’ treatment of history and myth in his poems.

11. Write a critical appreciation of ‘Sailing to Byzantium’.

12. What does Eliot say about the decadence of modern civilization in ‘The Waste Land’?

13. What irony do you find in the title of the poem ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ and how does it run throughout the poem?

14. Make a note on the theme of motherhood in the poetry of Sylvia Plath with special reference to ‘Morning Song’.

15. ‘The poetry of Sylvia Plath is intense, deeply personal and quite disturbing.’ Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer.

16. Discuss the use of imagery in the poem “Poem in October”.

17. Discuss the theme of the poem “Poem in October”.