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Question 19

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Sketch the character of Prospero in Shakespeare՚s The Tempest in the light of the larger context of his power and love of magic to persuade others in to behaving in ways he wants them to behave. (Paper 1)

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Character of Prospero in Shakespeare՚S the Tempest

  • Prospero is the most important character in this play.
  • He is an exceptional kind of man who possesses supernatural powers and can even be regarded as a superman or a demi-god. He is a magician who can control even the forces of nature. The entire action of the play, barring some of the deeds of Anton…

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Question 20

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Milton states that his poem will persue “Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme” . Why did Milton consider his poem superior to those of Homer and Virgil? Show the superiority of his subject matter with special reference to the subject matter of Book I of Milton՚s Paradise Lost. (Paper 1)

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Milton՚S Poem and Its Superiority

  • Milton was a unique poet. He has enjoyed a reputation that has not been shared by any other poet in any language. His reputation and influence have remained undisputed through all these centuries. Milton՚s style is equally grand and sublime. Matthew Arnold called it Grand Style. Wordsworth compared it to the Voice o…

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Study the following poem and answer all the questions that follow:

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,

And nodding by the fire, take down this book,

And slowly read, and dream of the soft look

Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,

And loved your beauty with love false or true,

But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,

And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,

Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled

And paced upon the mountains overhead

And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

Question 21 (1 of 5 Based on Passage)

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What sort of person, do you think, is the speaker of the poem?

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  • The speaker of the poem is a writer or a poet who believes in true love. The speaker imagines his beloved in the old age stage and describes about her grey, weary, dull image. By describing her in such a way, he also reminds us about the beauty and shininess of her, once she possessed. Now, she had lost her “soft looks” and the beautiful glittering…

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Question 22 (2 of 5 Based on Passage)

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How does the poet evoke the images of his beloved in the first stanza?

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  • This poem is written by W. B Yeats and is addressed to Maud Gonne, the woman with whom he was in love. In general, this poem speaks about the decaying and dying of youth and beauty with the passage of time. While tracing the autobiographical elements of Yeats, this poem narrates about how his beloved Maud Gonne would grow old with the passage of ti…

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Question 23 (3 of 5 Based on Passage)

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Comment on poet՚s use of passionate, evocative, and expressive vocabulary.

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  • Yeats use of passionate, evocative, and expressive vocabulary creates an exceptional rhythm and distinct emotions in the mind of the readers. The word selected by Yeats to describe the woman, his lover, differ accordingly and gives a feeling that the time too is moving with the poem and with the age of the woman.
  • His love is unconditional regardless…

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Question 24 (4 of 5 Based on Passage)

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How does the poet present a portrait of decaying and dying youth and beauty?

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  • The poem takes us through the waves of current situation and predicts the future. In the present situation, the speaker is rejected by his beloved and he is in utter disappointment. But, he predicts the future of her by saying that in her old age she will be facing the same pain of the speaker and will regret for rejecting the speaker՚s love.
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Question 25 (5 of 5 Based on Passage)

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How does the poet help the reader understand the theme of his poem through skillful use of diction and concrete language?

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  • The brilliant use of Yeats diction and concrete language takes the reader to take a pool in to this poem and makes them to think deeply about the subject matter he intends to convey. For him, this poem is not simply glued on the theme of his lost love but, conveys a general message that only a person՚s spiritual and inner beauty remains forever reg…

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