TU || Exam paper 2073 Major English 314 Poetry

Tribhuvan University


Bachelor Level/ II Year/ Humanities                             Full marks: 100

Eng. 314 (Poetry)                                                                    Time: 3 hrs.

Candidates are required to give their answers in their own words as far as practicable.

The figures in the margin indicate full marks.

Attempt all the questions.

  1. Explain with reference to the context, any THREE of the following: [3×10=30]

a. When for the thorns with which I long, too long,

With many a piercing wound,

My Savior’s head have crown’d

[Andrew Marvell: “The Coronet”]

b. Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget

What thou among the leaves hast never known,

The weariness, the fever, and the fret

Here, where men sit and hear each other groan.

[John Keats: “Ode to a Nightingale”]

c. Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawns

The earliest pipe of half – awaken’ed birds

To Tying ears, when unto dying eyes

The casement slowly grows a glimmering square;

So sad, so strange, the days that are no more.

[A.L. Tennyson: “Tears, Idle Tears”]

d. I played a jar in Tennesse,

And round it was, upon a hill.

It made the slovenly wilderness

Surround that hill.

[Wallace Stevens: “Anecdote of the Jar”]

e. I cannot remember things I once read

A few friends, but they are in cities.

Drinking cold snow – water from a tin cup

Looking down for miles

Through high still air.

[Gary Snyder: “Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout”]

  1. Answer any TWO of the following: [2×15=30]

a. Define Metaphysical poetry with special reference to John Donne’s “The Relic”.

b. Analyse Walt Whitman’s “A Noiseless Patient Spider” as a lyric poem. Discuss the poem as a metaphor.

c. Discuss personification and images in Sylvia Plath’s “Sheep in Fog”.

The hills step off into whiteness.

People or stars

Regard me sadly, I disappoint them.

The train leaves a line of breath

O slow

Horse the colour of rust,

Hooves dolorous bells

All the morning has been blackening,

A flower lefto out.

My bones hold a stillness, the far

Fields melt my heart.

They threaten

To let me through to a heaven

Starless and fatherless, a dark water.

  1. Discuss irony in W.H. Auden’s “The unknown Citizen”. [15]
  2. Compare and contrast William C. Williams’ “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” and Theodore Roethke’s Elegy for Jane.”

OR,         [15]

Critically analyse Dylan Thomas’ “Fern Hill” and state how it is different from Seamus Heaney’s “Bogland.”

  1. Write short notes on any TWO of the following: [2×5=10]

a. Tact

b. Description and Meditation

c. Metre

d. Modernist Poetry

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