Monday, 18 March 2013

Kerala PSC HSA English Rank File Series – 4 Solved Model Question Paper

8. ............... is often described as chronologically Victorian and qualitatively a modern poet.

     Answer: Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • G M Hopkins was born in 1844 and died in 1889.
  • Use of imagery and experimental exploration of poetic language make him distinct from other major Victorian poets.
  • Though Mathew Arnold is also considered as Modern by some critics because of the skeptical and lamenting tone of his poems, this is a shared quality of many Victorian writers.
  • As modernist writers are known for their experimental  language use, new coinage of words like "inscape" "instress" and the use of images like 'winghover' qualifies Hopkins as a precursor of modernist poetry.
  • In  "The Wreck of the Deutschland", Hopkins introduced Sprung Rhythm, which was odd in Victorian period. Later writers like W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, and Charles Wright turned to Hopkins use of innovative language.
  • His was poetry of the inner self which was a unique feature of modernist writings. 

9.  The subtitle of 'Andrea Del Sarto' is ____

         Answer: The Faultless Painter
  • Andrea was a painter whose craft was technically perfect but he lost the inner/spiritual inspiration needed for artistic creations. This is a comment on Victorian society which lacked spiritual life but was materially progressive. 
  • Other important subtitles:

Title/ Author of the work
Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw
"A Romance in Five Acts."
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
A Trivial Comedy for Serious People
10. Charles Lamb's sister appears with the name ____in his essays. 

         Answer:  Briget Elia
  • Charles Lamb and his sister Mary Lamb co authored a book for children - Tales From Shakespeare.
  • In his essays 'Elia' is Lamb himself and 'Briget' is his sister Mary Lamb.
11. ____ is a poetic form perfected by Browning.

        Answer:  Dramatic Monologue.
  • My Last Duchess, Laboratory: An Ancient Regime are examples of dramatic monologue.
  • In a dramatic monologue, there is an omniscient speaker who begins his narration at a dramatic moment. There is a silent listener whose responses will be expressed by the speaker. Most often, monologues are exploration of the thoughts of the main character.
  •   This equipped Browning to bring out the hidden interior thoughts of human mind.
12. "As flies to wanton boys are we to gods. They kill us for their sport." Whose words are these ?
            Answer: Gloucester.
  • This lines are taken from Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear.  Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth are other important tragedies by Shakespeare.


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