MEG 1 Solved Assignment 2020
MEG 1 British Poetry Solved Assignment 2019 – 2020
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Q. 1. Explain any two of the excerpts of poems given below with reference to their context:
(iii) I wonder by my troth, what thou, and I
Did, till we lov’d? were we not wean’d till then?
Ans. Ref.: These lines are from John Donne’s poem ‘The Good-Morrow’.
Context: ‘The Good-Morrow’, published in Donne’s 1633 collection Songs and Sonnets, is written from the point of view of an awaking lover and describes the lover’s thoughts as he wakes next to his partner.
Comment: These are the opening lines of the poem. It has a reference to a Catholic legend. It also refers to the Seven Sleepers, the Catholic legend of seven Christian children, persecuted for their faith during the reign of the Roman emperor Decius, who fled to the shelter of a cave where they slept for more than 200 years. Donne, one of six or seven children and a baptised Catholic during a time of strong anti-Catholic sentiment from both the populace and the government, would certainly have been familiar with the story.
(iv) Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer;
Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike
Ans. Context: These lines are taken from An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot by Alexander Pope.
Explanation: The poem is highly autobiographical in nature and gives us a good account of Pope’s life and also
his motives and reasons for becoming a poet and satirist. It seems to be an attempt of self-justification, self-examination and self-definition. It is not only a self-defence of his personal integrity but also a defense against libels and slanders from some literary third-raters. This is one poem in which Pope also seems to be concerned about the charge that satirists cannot be a good man. He tackles this charge wonderfully, by establishing that he has been an obedient and dutiful son.
Another trait of the poem is concerned with his being a catholic. As a firm believer of god he pays his debt and says the prayer to God in line 268.
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