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'Twentieth Century Poetry' Previous Question- 2015 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 does ‘terrible beauty’ signify in the poem “Ester 1916”?

     Ans : The phrase 'terrible beauty' in “Easter 1916” refers to the creation of Irish national identity through the patriotic death of so many Irish revolutionaries.  

b) How does Prufrock visualize death?

     Ans : Prufrock visualizes death as the arrival of the eternal Footman to hold him by his coat and snicker.

c) How does Dylan Thomas Celebrate his birthday?


d) Who are the ‘dying generation’?

     Ans : The ‘dying generation’, according to Yeats, include birds, young lovers, salmons, mackerels and so on that are engaged in sex and are heading towards nothing but death.

e) What kind of man is Prufrock?

     Ans : Prufrock is an overeducated, eloquent, neurotic, and emotionally stilted modern man.

f) What does Innisfree stand for?


g) Who is the hyacinth girl?

     Ans : In The Waste Land , the hyacinth girl is a young lady who is now forsaken by her lover. She stands for sensuous love.                                                                                                                                         

h) What is the central image in the poem, “The Rival”?

     Ans : The central image in the poem ‘The Rival’ is the moon.

i) What does the title “Crossing the Water” signify?

     Ans : The title “Crossing the Water” signifies a mystical journey of the soul from this world to the underworld.

j) What is the poem "Words’ about?

     Ans : The poem ‘Words’ is about the acts of writing. It is also about the far-reaching effect of utterances.

k) Who is Tiresias?

     Ans : Tiresias was a blind prophet of Apollo in Thebes. In “The Waste Land” by T S Eliot he is the narrator of "The Fire Sermon."                                                                                                                            

l) What does ‘gyre’ mean in Yeats’ poem ‘The Second Coming’?



Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. What is Yeats’ attitude to old age in the poem “Sailing to Byzantium”?

3. ‘The waste Land is a sigh for vanished glory of past’, -.Explain

4. What prayer does Dylan Thomas offer at the end of the poem ‘Poem in October’?

5. What features of song do you get in ‘Morning Song”?

6. How does Yeats’ express a glowing tribute to the freedom fighters?

7. Comment on the life of the Waste landers.

8. Write a short note on ‘Surrealism’.

9. Why is Profrock unwilling to compare himself to Hamlet?


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. What personal elements do you find in Yeats’ poems?

11. How has the poet fused the past and the present in ‘The Waste Land’?

12. Write a critical appreciation of the poem “Morning song’?

13. Mention and discuss the religious elements in Dylan Thomas’ poems.

14. Discuss how ‘The Love Song’ of J. Alfred Prufrock represents the conflict of a modern man.

15. Critically comment on W.B. Yeats’ use of symbols in his poems you have read.

16. Comment on T. S. Eliot’s use of myth in ‘The Waste Land’.

17. Describe the treatment of childhood in the poem, ‘Poem in October’.