English Poetry from Wordsworth to Tennyson
Q1. Why doesn’t the speaker sense the “presence” in nature during his first visit? What has changed? Why can’t Dorothy feel it?
Q2. In “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey,” what is the significance of an important…
Q3. Why does the Mariner get to survive to voyage when all the sailors die? After all, he was the one who shot the albatross?
Q4. Why do you think this poem has become so famous and influential? Does the poem seem ahead of its time, or does it seem quaint and old-fashioned?
Q5. Why is Nature more powerful than Man in “Ode to the West Wind”? Why must the speaker turn to the West Wind to help him?
Q6. How and why does Shelley believe poetry to be an instrument of moral good? What impact does this belief have on his poems, if any?
Q7. Identify the basic meaning of Tennyson’s “Ulysses.” And comment on the theme of action in the poem “Ulysses.”
Q8. Does human life get better or worse as time goes by? Is that even the right way to think about it? How might this poem help us to think about the arc of the past, present, and future?
Q1. Most critics believe that the woman described in this poem is Byron’s cousin by marriage, Lady Wilmot Horton, whom he met at a party the night before writing this piece. If that’s true, why doesn’t he mention his subject by name? Does your interpretation of the poem change, knowing that it may have been inspired by a specific woman? How so?
Q2. The poem emphasizes that the woman’s beauty has to do with the harmonious blending of light and dark in her features. Does the speaker believe one better than the other? Why or why not, and how can you tell? What do you think?
Q3. Examine the nature of Browning’s optimism with reference to “The Last Ride Together”.
Q1: “Ulysses” is a poem in blank verse by the Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, written in ——- and published in 1842 in his well-received second volume of poetry
Q2: Blank verse is ——–written in regular metrical but unrhymed lines, almost always iambic pentameters.
Q3: Ulysses has returned to his kingdom, ——-, having had a long, eventful journey home after fighting in the Trojan War.
Q4: In which line Ulysses expresses his lack of contentment, including his indifference toward the “savage race” ,that he governs?
- Line 5
- Line 4
- Line 6
- Line 7
Q5: There is often a marked contrast between the sentiment of Ulysses’ ———and the sounds that express them.
Q6: Which university did Tennyson attend as an undergraduate?
Q7: All of the following poems mention bells EXCEPT
- “The Epic”
- “In Memoriam”
- “Crossing the Bar”
Q8: Which Romantic poet was still alive when Tennyson published his 1842 collection?
- William Wordsworth
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- John Keats
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Q9: The title of Alfred Tennyson’s poem “Ulysses” reminds the reader of the following except ____________.
- the Trojan War
Q10: ________ is the most representative Victorian poet whose poetry voices the doubt and the faith, the grief and the joy of English people in an age of fast change.
- Robert Browning
- Alfred Tennyson
- Thomas Hardy
Q11: “Dover Beach” is a long lyric ——-by the English poet Matthew Arnold.
Q12: In Stefan Collini’s opinion, “Dover Beach” is a ——–poem to analyze
- More difficult
- More easy
Q13: In which year “Dover Beach” was first published in the collection New Poems?
Q14: After how many years of composition of “Dover Beach” was published in 1867.
- Almost 160 years
- Almost 150 years
- Almost 170 years
- Almost 180 years
Q15: Sophocles, a ——- BC Greek playwright who wrote tragedies on fate and the will of the gods?
Q16: The ——-stanza begins with an appeal to love, then moves on to the famous ending metaphor.
Q17: Which line gives us two simple, basic facts?
Q18: Who was one of the great Greek authors of tragic plays?
Q19: According to Tinker and Lowry, “a draft of the first twenty-eight lines of the poem” was written in ———.
Q20: Ian McEwan quotes part of the poem in his novel———–?
- Saturday (2005)
- Saturday (2006)
- Saturday (2007)
- Saturday (2008)
Q21: “She Walks in Beauty” is a poem written in 1813 by———.
- Thomas Wyatt
- Lord Byron
Q22: In which the poet describes a woman who “walks in beauty, like the night/of cloudless climes and starry skies”.
- Lines 2-3
- Lines 1-2
- Lines 4-5
- Lines 6-7
Q23: The ————verses are cited in the novel The Philadelphian by Richard P. Powell.
- First two
- First three
- First four
- First five
Q24: Byron continued to produce poetry until the end of his life in———-.
Q25: At which age Byron died?
Q26: “She Walks in Beauty” is an ——-poem, much shorter than Byron’s famous narrative poems.
Q27: The contrast between light and dark that was first brought up by the “starry skies” in line 2 is repeated and developed———.
- In line 4
- In line 3
- In line 5
- In line 6
Q28: When was “She Walks in Beauty” – poem written?
Q29: “My Last Duchess” is a poem by ————–
- Robert Browning
Q30: “The Last Ride Together” comprises of —— stanzas.
Q31: Browning published “My Last Duchess” in ——– in a book of poems titled Dramatic Lyrics.
Q32: “My Last Duchess” comprises rhyming ————lines.
- All of the above
Q33: In which year “The Last Right Together” was published.
Q34: After how many years later “The Last Right Together” was again published and included in Dramatic Romances.
- 90 years
- 70 years
- 60 years
- 80 years
Q35: The ride begins in which stanza.
Q36: Ode to a Nightingale” is a poem by John Keats written in ———–.
- May 1819
- May 1820
- May 1821
- May 1822
Q37: In which year “To Autumn” -a poem was composed by English Romantic poet John Keats.
- 20 September 1819
- 21 September 1819
- 19 September 1819
- 23 September 1819
Q38: “Hemlock” is the poison that the Greek philosopher——- took when he was put to death for corrupting the youth.
Q39: Hippocrene is the “fountain of the Muses,” a group of ——- women Service.
Q40: The rhyme of “To Autumn” follows a pattern of starting each stanza with an —–