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Questions for MA English (Part 2)

Paper 1 - Poetry
Section A

1. S.T. Coleridge

i. Coleridge as a poet of supernatural

ii. Coleridge as a romantic poet
iii. Moral of The Ancient Mariner
iv. Critical appreciation of three poems in the course
v. Coleridge as a poet of nature & beauty

2. John Keats

a. Questions on Keats Odes

i.Keats odes (A general question on odes, i.e., development of thought,

unity in Keats odes)
ii.Critical appreciation of odes
iii.Keats as an escapist
iv.Keats as a Romantic Poet (poet of beauty, of nature)
v.Sensuousness in Keats poetry
vi.Keats negative capability
vii.Keats Hellenism
viii.Keats as pure poet

b. Questions on Hyperion

i. Autobiographical element in Hyperion

ii. Theme of evolution
iii. Symbolism in Hyperion
iv. Hyperion as an Epic poem

2. William Blake

i. Critical Appreciation of poems

ii. Blake as a romantic poet (Blakes mysticism)
iii. Comparison & Contrast of the poems of The Song of Innocence &
The Song of Experience

Section B

1. Philip Larkin

i. Important features of Larkins poetry

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ii. Larkin as a movement poet

iii. Larkin as a poet of realism
iv. Larkins attitude towards moderns
v. Critical appreciation of poems
vi. Themes of Larkins poetry

2. Seamus Heaney

i. Critical appreciation of poems

ii. Themes
iii. Symbolism in Heaneys poetry
iv. Heaney as a poet of exile

3. Ted Hughes

i. Animal imagery in his poems

ii. Themes
iii. Critical appreciation of poems

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Paper 2 Drama

1. Henrik Ibsen Hedda Gabler

i. Hedda Gabler as a tragic play

ii. Psychological problems of Hedda Gabler / Character sketch of Hedda
iii. Hedda Gabler as a tragic play

2. Beckett Waiting for Godot

i. Waiting for Godot a play about absurd

ii. Human relationships in the play
iii. Waiting for Godot as an existentialist play
iv. Different themes in the play
v. Use of Language / Role of Language
vi. Waiting for Godot as a tragi-comedy
vii. Who is Godot?
viii. Structure of the play

3. Anton Chekov The Cherry Orchard

i. Symbolism in The Cherry Orchard

ii. Theme of change
iii. The Cherry Orchard a comedy or a tragedy?
iv. Compare characters of Lopakhin and Trophimov
v. The Cherry Orchard as a social or political play

4. Edward Bond The Sea

i. Symbolism in The Sea

ii. Theme of individual and society
iii. Character sketches of main characters (Mrs. Rafi, Mr. Hatch)
iv. The Sea as a tragic-comedy

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Paper 3 Novel

1. Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness

i. Symbolism in Heart of Darkness

ii. Character sketch of Mr. Kurtz
iii. Character sketch of Marlow
iv. Marlow as detective of Human soul
v. Conrads treatment of women
vi. Conrads style and technique
vii. Themes (imperialism, evil)

2. Achebe Things Fall Apart

i. Significance of the Title / Theme / Impact of British arrival on Igbo

ii. Okonkwo as tragic hero
iii. Things Fall Apart as a tragedy
iv. Achebes style
v. Achebes treatment of women
vi. Comparison between Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart

3. Ahmad Ali Twilight in Delhi

i. Significance of the title Twilight in Delhi

ii. Impact of British imperialism on Muslim Culture of Delhi
iii. Characterstudy of Mir Nehal, Asghar
iv. Plight of Women
v. Themes (marriage, imperialism etc.)
vi. Ahmad Ali as a novelist
vii. Symbolism in novel

4. James Joyce Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man

i. James Joyces style & technique (stream of consciousness, myth, irony,

pun, poetic diction etc.)
ii. Character sketch of Stephen Dedalus
iii. James Joyces aesthetic theory of art

5. Virginia Woolf To the Light House

i. How has Virginia Woolf used stream of consciousness technique?

ii. Symbolism in To the Light House
iii. Compare & contrast the characters of Mr. & Mrs. Ramsay
iv. Virginia Woolf as a feminist writer
v. Character study of Lime Brisko & symbolic importance of her
vi. Themes of To the Light House

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Paper 4 Literary Criticism

1. Aristotle Poetics

i. Aristotles theory of imitation

ii. Catharsis
iii. Tragedy
iv. Plot-Character relationship
v. Difference between epic & tragedy
vi. Ideal Tragic hero
vii. The tragic Plot

2. Philip Sidney An Apology for Poetry

i. Sidneys arguments in favour of poetry

ii. Answers to the objections against poetry
iii. Sidneys theory of poetry
iv. Contribution of Sidney as a critic
v. Sidney as a renaissance epitome

3. T.S. Eliot The Critic (Tradition & Individual Talent)

i. Eliots concept of tradition

ii. Theory of impersonality in poetry
iii. T.S. Eliot as a critic

4. Raymond Williams Modern Tragedy

i. Summaries of 3 essays:
a. Tradition & Tragedy
b. Tragedy & contemporary ideas
c. Rejection of tragedy

ii. Raymond William as a critic

iii. Raymond Williams concept of tragedy

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