The Romantic Age
Max Marks: 20
Note: The Internal Assignment has been divided into three sections A, B, and C. Write
Answer as per the given instruction.
(Very Short Answer Type Questions)
Note: Answer all questions. As per the nature of the question you delimit your answer
in one word, one sentence or maximum up to 30 words. 4×1=04
i) What is an Ode?
An ode is a short lyric poem that praises an individual, an idea, or an event.
ii) Why was Christabel praying?
Christabel had seen dreams all night of the knight with whom she is engaged to marry.
iii) Who was Issac The Jew?
Isaac Rosenberg may be remembered as an Anglo-Jewish war poet,
iv) How do you distinguish between a simile and a metaphor?
The difference between similes and metaphors comes down to a word. Similes use the words like or
as to compare things—“Life is like a box of chocolates.” In contrast, metaphors directly state a
comparison—“Love is a battlefield.”
(Short Answer Questions)
Note: Answer any 2 questions. Each answer should not exceed 100 words. Each
question carries 4 marks.
2. Write a note on use of humor in Lamb’s essays.
Charles Lamb is a great artist in showing humour and pathos in a single row. He had as keen a
perception of the funny side of life as he had of the tragic. The funny side and the sense of humour
never desert him. And we find a curious mingling of there two (humour and pathos) ingredients in
his works. Laughter is followed by tears of sympathy in many of his essays. Moreover, humour may be described as an extreme sensitiveness to the true proportion of things and pathos that appeals to
our feelings of compassion and evokes sympathy.
3. Write the character sketch of ‘Ivanhoe’.
4. Write a critical appreciation of ‘Ode to the west wind’.
“Thunder is good; thunder is impressive. But it is lightening that does the work.”
The poem ‘’Ode to the West Wind’’ was written in the autumn of 1819, in the beautiful Cascine
Gardens outside Florence and was published with ‘‘Prometheus Unbound’’ in 1820. The poet is
himself in a mood of despondency and misery and says that he falls upon the thorns of life and is
bleeding. He is seeking reawakening also through the poem and wants the wind to carry his dead
thoughts and ideas like it has taken the leaves and wants fresh ideas to take birth. This is possible
only if he first gets rid of stale ideas and thoughts and learns to replace them with new ones. In that
sense even the poet is feeling a sort of intellectual deaths and is desirous of being given a new lease
of life. “This poem was conceived and chiefly written in a wood that skirts the Arno, near Florence,
and on a day when that tempestuous wind, whose temperature is at once wild and animating, was
collecting the vapours which pour down the autumnal rains. They began, as I foresaw, at sunset with
a violent tempest of hail and rain, attended by that magnificent thunder and lightning peculiar to the
5. Write a note on the narrative style of Lamb’s ‘Dream Children’.
(Long Answer Questions)
Note: Answer any one question. You have to delimit your answer maximum up to 500
6. Explain the satirical elements in Lord Byron’s poem ‘The Vision of Judgement’.
VISION OF JUDGMENT, The. If we accept Byron’s (Don Juan) as something more than satire, his
‘Vision of Judgment’ is by far his finest satirical poem and, with the ex ception of Dryden’s (Absolom
and Achitophel’ (q.v.), is the best of its kind in English litera ture. It wiring directly from the last
phase of a long-standing quarrel with Southey, the poet laureate, whom Byron detested as a Church
man, a Tory and a literary man-of-all-work ; but, more remotely, it had its origin in a com plex of
personal, political and literary causes. George III died in 1820 and in 1821 Southey wrote a
preposterous panegyric of the dead king entitled (A Vision of Judgment,’ which shows Michael and
Satan contending for his soul, with victory to the former, of course, and ushers George into heaven,where he is en thusiastically acclaimed. In his preface Southey attacks what he terms “the satanic
school,” meaning thereby chiefly Byron and Shelley. In this Southey blundered: he had provoked the
most pitiless and brilliant satirist of the age. Byron had been waiting for the chance. Southey’s
absurd poem suggested a means of flaying the poet-laureate himself ; of showing up George III as a
model of private virtue but of public vice, and of attacking Tory poli tics and the whole reactionary
political policy of European statesmen in general. Byron .takes Southey’s title for his own poem and
for the method of his satire employs a travesty of the original, using the tnal scene before the gate
of heaven, only changing the tone of the whole from the would-be sublime to the intentionally
ridiculous. The metre and the style of Byron s poem are those of the purely satiric portions of his
‘Don Juan,) with its Italian ottiva rima, or eight-line stanza, its free and often burlesque rhymes, its
realism, its sudden drops from the sublime to the ridiculous and its equally sud den rises from pure
burlesque into poetry.
The (Vision of Judgment’ is perhaps the only poem in which satire becomes truly sublime and one of
the very few in which poetry and humor exist not merely side by side but are actually fused.
Throughout its 800 lines there is no flagging of the wing of its superb energy. In indignation, in wit,
even in humor, it has been equalled by other satires, but in high imagination, its attainment of the
sublime, it remains unapproachable. Satire more scathing was never compressed into smaller
compass; yet its scorn does not seem petty or spiteful
7. Describe the prose style of William Hazlitt.
8. Explain the use of Hellenistic and pictorial imagery in John Keats’ “To Grecian Urn”.
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