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IGNOU BEGC-107 - British Poetry and Drama: 17th and 18th Centuries

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British Poetry and Drama: 17th and 18th Centuries

BEGC–107 covers English literature through the periods of the 17th and 18th centuries. It enlightens students about "The Renaissance," "Jacobean Era," "Caroline and Restoration," and "Augustan Era." This course contains four parts: Block I: John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi Block II: John Milton: Lycidas, Sonnet XIX, L' Allegro, II Penseroso Block III: John Dryden: Mac Flecknoe Block IV: Alexander Pope: The Rape of the Lock In BEGC–107, learners get to study and understand the myriad facades of British Drama.

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IGNOU BEGC-107 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title British Poetry and Drama: 17th and 18th Centuries
  • Language(s)
  • Code BEGC-107
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) BA (Honours), BAEGH
  • Course Core Courses (CC)

IGNOU BEGC-107 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - John Webster: Duchess of Malfi

  • Unit 1 - The Jacobean Drama and John Webster: An Introduction
  • Unit 2 - John Webster: The Playwright and His Dramatic Art
  • Unit 3 - The Duchess of Malfi: Textual Analysis
  • Unit 4 - The Duchess of Malfi: Character Analysis and Critical Perspectives

Block 2 - John Milton: Lycidas, Sonnet XIX, L'Allegro, II Pensoroso

  • Unit 1 - The 17th Century: An Introduction
  • Unit 2 - John Milton: Life and Works
  • Unit 3 - John Milton: Lycidas and Sonnet XIX on His Blindness
  • Unit 4 - John Milton: L'Allegro II Pensoroso

Block 3 - John Dryden: Mac Flecknoe

  • Unit 1 - John Dryden: Life and Work
  • Unit 2 - Mac Flecknoe: Reading the Poem
  • Unit 3 - Mac Flecknoe: Summary and Explanations
  • Unit 4 - Mac Flecknoe: Theme and Poetic Diction

Block 4 - Alexander Pope: The Rape of the lock

  • Unit 1 - The Age of Alexander Pope
  • Unit 2 - Life and Writings of Alexander Pope
  • Unit 3 - Analysis of Canto 3
  • Unit 4 - Character Analysis and Style
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IGNOU BEGC-107 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

Section A Write short notes on any two (02) of the following in about 200 words each. a. Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral elegy. b. Characteristic features of an Epic. c. Shakespearean tragedy. Section B Explain the following with reference to the context in about 300 words each: a) Hence, vain deluding Joys, The brood of Folly without father bred! How little you bested Or fill the fixed mind with all your toys! Dwell in some idle brain, And fancies fond with gaudy shapes possess, As thick and numberless b) And, when the sun begins to fling His flaring beams, me, Goddess, bring To arched walks of twilight groves, And shadows brown, that Sylvan loves, Of pine, or monumental oak, Where the rude axe with heaved stroke Was never heard the nymphs to daunt, Or fright them from their hallowed haunt. There, in close covert, by some brook, Where no profaner eye may look, Hide me from day’s garish eye,……. c) Then flash’d the living lightning from her eyes, And screams of horror rend th’ affrighted skies. Not louder shrieks to pitying Heav’n are cast, When husbands or when lap-dogs breathe their last, Or when rich China vessels, fall’ n from high, In glitt’ ring dust and painted fragments lie! Section C Attempt any (03) three of the following question. 1. What are dominant tendencies of Jacobean Drama? 2. Who were the three Johns of the 17th century and what was their contribution to Literature? 3. What are the features of a mock-epic? Why is ‘The Rape of the Lock’ known as a mock heroic poem? 4. How did Dryden define satire? Comment on the central idea of ‘An Essay on Man’?

IGNOU BEGC-107 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

Section A Write short notes on the following in about 200 words each. a. Shakespearean Tragedy b. The Metaphysical Poets Section B Answer the following reference to the context in about 300 words each: a) Forget thyself to marble, till With a sad leaden downward cast Thou fix them on the earth as fast. And join with thee calm Peace and Quiet, Spare Fast, that oft with gods doth diet, And hears the Muses in a ring Aye round about Jove’s altar sing; b) Heavens bless my Son, from Ireland let him reign To farr Barbadoes on the Western main; Of his Dominion may no end be known, And greater than his Father’s be his Throne. c) “The hoary prince in majesty appeared High on a throne of his own labours reared, At his right hand our young Ascanius sat Rome’s other hope and pillar of the state His brows thick fogs instead of glories grace, And Lambent dullness played around his face”. Section C Answer the following questions in about 800 words each: 1. Discuss the character of Bosola in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’. 2. Write a critical appreciation on ‘On His Blindness’. 3. Discuss Paradise Lost as an Epic.
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