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Question 33

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In Robert Frost՚s “Birches,” Frost evokes the central image of a boy swinging on a birch tree. What does this image symbolise, and how is it related to the theme of the poem?

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Robert Frost՚S “Birches”

  • In the poem, “Birches” , the speaker contemplates upon the sight of bent birch trees. Although the speaker is aware that this bending is caused due to ice storms, this dull truth does not interest him. Instead, he likes to imagine that the birch trees are bent by a boy who enjoys climbing and swinging down on them, as the sp…

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Question 34

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Appeared in Year: 2016

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The Preface to the Lyrical Ballads and the notion of poetic diction. (10 marks)

Question 35

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What are the major literary features of restoration age?

Question 36

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Appeared in Year: 2013

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The impact of the French Revolution on the English romantic poets.

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  • There would be no exaggeration if one says that the Romantic Movement (1770 - 1850) evolved with the evolution of the French Revolution (1789 - 1799) in the background. The major themes of the Revolution came out to be the dignity of common man and voicing the human spirit.
  • With the abolition of monarchy, all the people had a sigh of relief and star…

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Question 37

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Appeared in Year: 2014

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Democratization of poetry during the Romantic Movement.

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Democratization of Poetry and the Romantic Movement

  • The Romantic Movement I English literature was influenced by the French Revolution. Both evolved simultaneously. Social transformation occurred on the lines of the Revolution. The themes of the French Revolution included – abolition of monarchy, a better say for a common man and respect for the hum…

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Question 38

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Appeared in Year: 2018

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In his Preface to Lyrical Ballads Wordsworth defines poetry as “spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions recollected in tranquillity” show how he resolves this apparent in contradiction in the Tintern Abbey? (15 marks)

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

  • “This is the first poem in which Wordsworth՚s genius finds full expression: the blank verse, low toned and familiar yet impassioned, moves with a sureness and inevitable ease from phase to phase of this mood …” Helen Darbishire
  • William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) , who lived through the entire French Revolution, was made the p…

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Question 39

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Appeared in Year: 2012

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In King Lear “Cordelia՚s goodness is as absolute and inexplicable as her sisters receivable badness …” Critically analyse the above statement with reference to your reading of King Lear.