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'Twentieth Century Poetry' Previous Question- 2016 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 the title “The Second Coming” signify?

     Ans. The title “The Second Coming” signifies the future return of Jesus Christ to Earth.

b.  Why does April appear to be the cruelest month?

     Ans. April appears to be “the cruelest month” because this month breeds lilacs out of the dead land, mixes memory and desire and stirs dull roots with spring rain.

c.  Why will not mermaid sing for Prufrock?

     Ans.  Mermaid will not sing for Prufrock because a mermaid sings only for the brave, not for a coward like Prufrock.

d. Who is Fisher King?

     Ans. The Fisher King is a character found in several mythological sources, mostly Celtic in origin. However, he is best known from Arthurian mythology, particularly in the story of Perceval.

e. On what occasion was Poem in October written?

     Ans. The poem "Poem in October” was written on the occasion of poet’s thirtieth birthday.

f. What does ‘new statue’ refer to in the poem “Morning Song”?

     Ans. In the poem “Morning Song” the phrase ‘new statue’ means the new born baby.

g. What does Falcon symbolize in the poem The Second coming?

     Ans. In The Second Coming the falcon symbolizes Christians.

h. Who is Madame Sosostris?

     Ans. Madame Sosostris is the Tarot card-reading psychic who bears bad news in T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”.

i. What is interior monologue?

     Ans. Interior monologue is a narrative technique that exhibits the thoughts passing through the minds of the protagonists.

j.  Who is Macbride in the poem Easter 1916?

        Ans. John Macbride was an Irish republican executed by the British for his participation in the 1916 Easter Rising.

k. What is the source of the subtitle “What the Thunder Said"?


l.  Who is Lazarus?

     Ans. Lazarus was a close friend to Jesus Christ. They were so close that Jesus raised him from the dead.

Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. In what sense is “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” a poem about escapism?

3. What is the significance of the three ‘Da’s in “The Waste Land”?

4. What are the different stages of journey in the poem “Crossing the Water”?

5. How is nature depicted in “Poem in October”?

6. How does Sylvia Plath reveal the emotional journey of her life through the poem “Words”?

7. What does ‘Byzantium’ symbolize in the poem “Sailing to Byzantium”?

8. Why is London called unreal city?

9. Explain with reference to the context---“In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo.”


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

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

11. Show how Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ reflects the disorder and decay of modern civilization.

12. Discuss the use of symbols in the poem of Dylan Thomas with reference to ‘Poem in October’.

13. How does Sylvia Plath present motherhood in her poem “Morning Song”?

14. How does T. S. Eliot build up an atmosphere of futility and barrenness in “The Love Song of John Alfred Prufrock”?

15. Evaluate Yeats as an Irish nationalist poet.

16. Write a critical appreciation of the poem “The Rival”.

17. Comment on Dylan Thomas use of imagery in “Poem in October”.