(Download) CS (MAIN) EXAM:2018 ENGLISH LITERATURE (paper-2)
Q1. Critically comment on the following in about 150 words each, focusing on the context : 10x5=50 marks
(a) In the nightmare of the dark
All the dogs of Europe bark.
And the living nations wait
Each sequestered in its hate.
(W.H. Auden) 10 marks
(b) With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death,
(T.S. Eliot) 10 marks
(c) The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
(W.B Yeats) 10 marks
(d) Yet still they leave us holding wretched stalks
Of disappointment, for, though nothing balks
Each big approach, leaning with brasswork prinked
Each rope distinct.
(Philip Larkin) 10 marks
(e) And he left us
A changed mother
And more than
One annual ritual.
(A.K. Ramanujan) 10 marks
Q2. Answer the following:
(a) Auden's The Shield of Achilles is a critique of contemporary culture. Elucidate. 15 marks
(b) Comment on the ending of Look Back in Anger. Does it look like being where we started or, is there indeed a hopeful note ? 15 marks
(c) The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock epitomizes the frustrations and inertia of the modern cra, Justify the statement. 20 marks
Q3. Answer the following:
(a) Explicate the significance of symbols used by Yeats with reference to the poems, Easter 1976, The Second Coming and Byzantium. 15 marks
(b) "Larkin combines wistful sadness, amusement, respect for the commonplace and a deep compassion." Discuss with reference to some of his poems. 15 marks
(c) "The central weakness of Modernism is that in its pursuit of a more complex sense of reality it fails in coherence." Do you agree ? Justify your answer with some illustrations from twentieth century poetry and drama. 20 marks
Q4. Answer the following:
(a) Beckett called Waiting for Godot a 'tragicomedy. Do you agree with this classification ? If not, how would you classify the play? 15 marks
(b) "It is the synthesis of Ramanujan's perception of the external world with the world of his inner imaginative response which lends an extraordinary meaning to his poems." Discuss with reference to the poems prescribed for study. 15 marks
(c) Do you find the angry young man, Jimmy Porter's attitude towards the society credible ? Is it fully worked out and resolved in the drama ? Give reasons for your answer. 20 marks