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Subject Code: 311103

(Modern Poetry)

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Time-4 hours             Full marks-80

Part A

(Answer any ten questions)



a) What does Whitman mean by the word en masse?

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Ans. Democracy 

b) How many sections are there in Song of Myself?

Ans. 52 .

c) What is the meaning of the expression Harled the little street upon the great?

Ans. The poet means to say that Maud Gone incited common people to revolt against the government and also against the aristocracy.

d) What are the reasons for the gloomy mind of the poet ‘A Prayer for My Daughter’?

Ans. The vision of some approaching anarchy and violence 

e)What happened in 1916 in the poem. “Easter 1916”?

Ans. It commemorates the martyrs of the Early Rising, a revolt against the British government in Ireland in 1916, which resulted in the execution  of Irish nationalists whom Yeats knew personally.

f)Whom does the poet address as he lands on the shore of Byzantium?

Ans. The golden smithies of the Emperor.

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g)What is Auden’s message in ‘Lullaby’?

Ans. Eros (Physical love) should be transformed into Agape (universal love) 

h) Who is the mother of Achilles?

Ans. Thetis, a sea nymph.

i) What does Dylan Thomas mean by Green Fuse?

Ans. Fuge suggests energy or power. It is called green because it is at work in Nature which is green.

j) What kind of poem ‘After the Funeral ‘?

Ans. Elegy.

k) What kind of farm life does Heaney portray in the poem ‘Digging”?

Ans. The hard life of the farmers 

I) What does falcon symbolize in the poem “The Second Coming”?

Ans. Falcon symbolizes the intellect.


(Answer any five questions)


2. How does Whitman give equal importance to both body and soul in Song of Myself? 3. What are the prayers of the poet for his infant daughter? 

4. How are fact and fancy blended in Frost’s poetry? 

5. Do you think Auden is an anti-romantic poet? If so, why? 

6. How does Dylan Thomas celebrate life over death in his poetry? 

7. What is Heaney’s attitude to his fore-fathers as depicted in the poem Digging? 

8. What does the wall signify in the poem Mending Wall? 

9. How does Yeats estimate Maud Gonne in No Second Tray?

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(Answer any five questions)


10. Comment on Whitman as a poet of Democracy. 

11. Comment on Whitman’s poetic techniques with reference to Song of Myself.

12. How does WB Yeats handle myth and history in his poems? 

13. Discuss Yeats as a poet of love with reference to some of his poems. 

14. “Frost’s poems are local in colour but universal in appeal.” Discuss. 

15. Comment on Auden’s attitude to love as expressed in Lullaby. 

16. Write a note on the poetic imagery of Dylan Thomas. 

17. How does Heaney’s poetry combine pictures of ancient Ireland with those of modern times? 

Riya Akter
Riya Akter
Hey, This is Riya Akter Setu, B.A (Hons) & M.A in English from National University.


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