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English Poetry from Chaucer to Blake

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Assignment – A

 

Q1. Write a short note on Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

 

Q2. Discuss in brief the character sketch of wife of Bath.

 

Q3. What is the message conveyed in sonnet 116 written by William Shakespeare?

 

Q4. In The Canonization, what are the metaphors that the speaker mentions that will help elucidate the passion and individuality of his love?

 

Q5. Write short note on the following.

  1. What is an epic?
  2. What is alliteration?
  3. Write a short note on Lyric.
  4. What is a conceit?
  5. Write a short note on Elegy.

 

Q6. What is the message conveyed in The Tyger written by William Blake.

 

Q7. Write the basis theme of Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.

 

Q8. Write a brief character sketch of The Knight from Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

 

 

 

Case Study

 

(Understanding Metaphysical Poetry)

 

Poetry comprises various forms as ode, epic, mock-epic, lyric, ballad, etc. Each genre is written in its own specialized manner. To give deeper meaning and thought to a poem, poets use certain stylistic, connotative, denotative and figurative devices. Thus, the study of various forms and aspects of poetry is quintessential to read a poem deeply. Metaphysical poetry is a kind of poetry that lays stress on the belief that the logical aspect rules the emotional; signified by sarcasm, absurdity and extraordinary comparisons of unlike features; the latter often being fanciful, to the limit of peculiarity. ‘Metaphysical poets’ was a term used for the first time by the eighteenth century poet and critic Dr Samuel Johnson. He considered a certain group of poets, metaphysical, because he wanted to portray a loose group of British lyric poets who belonged to the seventeenth century. These poets were generally interested in metaphysical issues and had a common method of examining them. Their writings were marked by the innovativeness of metaphor (these included comparisons known as metaphysical conceits). The changing times had a significant influence on their poetry. Discovery of the new sciences and the immoral scenario of the seventeenth century England were also other factors influencing their poetry.

 

Metaphysical poets dealt with topics like God, creation and afterlife. The most popular metaphysical poets are John Donne, Andrew Marvell and Henry Vaughan among others. Donne incorporates the Renaissance conception of the human body as a microcosm into his love poetry. The Renaissance saw several people thinking that the macrocosmic physical world was reflected in the microcosmic human body. They believed that the body is ruled by the intellect just like a land is ruled by a king or queen. Most of Donne’s poems such as:

  • The Sun Rising
  • The Good-Morrow
  • The Canonization
  • A Valediction: Of Weeping

These poems are based on the theme of love and involve a beloved or a pair of lovers. They are represented as complete worlds unto themselves. The lovers are deeply in love with each other and oblivious to the world around them. Donne uses the analogy to express the extent to which the lovers are involved with each other. They are so engrossed that they forget their surroundings and behave as if they are the only people in existence. Nothing else matters to them except they themselves. In ‘The Sun Rising’, the poet ends the poem by requesting the sun to shine only on his beloved and himself. He tries to convince the Sun by saying that by shining on the two of them he will actually be shining on the whole world.

 

Q1: What is metaphysical poetry?  Name the poets famous for writing Metaphysical Poetry.

Q2: In which century, ‘Metaphysical poetry’ as a term was coined?

Q3: What is an analogy employed in John Donne’s poems? What are the basic themes of Metaphysical Poetry?

 

 

Assignment – C

 

Q1: Which of the following was a characteristic feature of Medieval literature?

A large body of personal literature.

Realism in representation of time and space.

Absence of alliteration in poetry.

The popular genre of the bird and the beast fable

 

Q2: Which of the following statements is incorrect regarding medieval literature?

Allegory was frequent and usual

The dream-vision convention was prevalent

Chaucer exploited the dream-vision convention in The Canterbury Tales.

There was often an undercurrent of moral and dialectic strain.

 

Q3: In Chaucer’s times the Peasant Revolt resulted in the

dethronement of the King

demolition of church as an institution

end of serfdom

rise of nationalism

 

Q4: How many books Milton wrote of Paradise Lost?

4

8

12

6

 

Q5: An elegy is……

a mournful song.

a joyous lyric.

a satire.

a nature poem

 

Q6: Songs of Innocence is written by which following poet?

William Wordsworth.

William Shakespeare.

William Blake.

William Butler Yeats.

 

Q7: Henry Vaughan is known for which kind of poems?

Odes

Lyrics

Satires

Metaphysical

 

Q8: Paradise Lost is written in which poetic verse/form?

Free Verse

Iambic

Blank Verse

Sonnet

 

Q9: The character, who is closest to reality, in The Prologue is….

The Monk

Wife of Bath

The Prioress

The Knight

 

Q10: Who is a cheerful, well-spoken, socially pleasing person in The Prologue?

The Friar

The Knight

The Prioress

Wife of Bath

 

Q11: Name the most important poetic form of Renaissance literature among the following.

Ode

Sonnet

Ballad

Satire

 

Q12: Shakespeare has written—— sonnets?

156

154

126

175

 

Q13: When did Constantinople fall?

1453

1455

1457

1458

 

Q14: What does “Renaissance” stand for?

rebirth

reformation

restoration

reckoning

 

Q15: When was Charles II restored in England?

1665.

1660

1661

1662.

 

Q16: Which are the collections William Blake is known for?

Songs of Melancholy.

Songs of Innocence.

Songs of Childhood.

Songs of Anatomy

 

Q17: vWhat are the Elegies written by Milton and Arnold?

Lycidas and Thyrsis

Adonis and In Memoriam

Thyrsis and Prelude

Lycidas and The Scholar Gypsy

 

Q18: Who introduced Blank Verse in English?

Earl of Surrey

Thomas Wyatt

John Milton

John Donne

 

Q19: Thomas Gray belongs to which century?

Fourteenth Century

Fifteenth Century

Sixteenth Century

Eighteenth Century

 

Q20: Which of the following poets does not belong to the ‘Lake School’?

Keats

Coleridge

Southey

Wordsworth

 

Q21: Which one of the following works written by John Milton?

Absalom and Achitophel

Samson Agonites

Faerie Queene

True Love

 

Q22: Which one of the following poems composed by William Blake?

London

Lucy Gray

La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Ode to Skylark

 

Q23: A Sonnet consists of how many lines?

18

14

12

8

 

Q24: Who is considered the father of English Literature?

John Milton

Earl of Surrey

Thomas Wyatt

Geoffrey Chaucer

 

Q25: Faerie Queen is written by which poet?

Geoffrey Chaucer

Edmund Spencer

Earl of Surrey

John Milton

 

Q26: The Retreat is written by which metaphysical poet?

Andrew Marvel

John Donne

Henry Vaughan

Samuel Johnson

 

Q27: For God Sake….. are the beginning lines of which poem?

The Cannonization

The Sunne Rising

The Retreat

My Coy Mistress

 

Q28: Whose assistance does John Milton ask for in Paradise Lost?

The Heavenly Muse

Gabriel

Jesus

God

 

Q29: What is the message of Paradise Lost?

Satan’s evil

God’s will to men

That life is not easy

Good and evil

 

Q30: Why was Satan cast out of heaven?

For stealing

For causing a war

For trying to kill God

For treachery

 

Q31: Where is Satan imprisoned?

Heaven

The moon

Hell

Hell

 

Q32: Which work of Geoffrey Chaucer is an elegy written in the memory of John of Gaunt’s first wife, Blanche?

Parliament of Foul

The Book of the Duchess

The Prologue to Canterbury Tales

Troilus and Criseyde

 

Q33: In which genre does Chaucer’s The Book of the Duchess belong?

Dream Allegory

Ode

Alliterative Verse

Pastoral

 

Q34: In which year did Geoffrey Chaucer born?

1402

1412

1340

1329

 

Q35: In which year did Geoffrey Chaucer die?

1378

1400

1422

1489

 

Q36: What was the name of Geoffrey Chaucer’s wife?

Phillipa

Beatrice

Giovanni

Mary

 

Q37: What was the name of the host at Tabard Inn in The Canterbury Tales?

Reeve

Nicholas

Alison

Harry Bailly

 

Q38: What was the name of the inn in which the pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales rested?

Tabard Inn

Harry’s Inn

Bailly Inn

Southwark Inn

 

Q39: How many tales are told in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales?

23

27

29

58

 

Q40: How many pilgrims are there Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales?

42

29

22

None

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