IGNOU BEGLA-137 - Language Through Literature

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Language Through Literature

BEGLA–137 teaches students about the use of vocabulary in the English language and literature. It includes subjects such as literary devices, structure words, and rhetorical devices. Topics covered in BEGLA–137 are extension of meaning, literal vs metaphorical meaning, multiple meanings, the study of literary texts, sound patterns, figures of speech, structure and lexical words, style, use of repetition and questions, and politeness.

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IGNOU BEGLA-137 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title Language Through Literature
  • Language(s) English
  • Code BEGLA-137
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) BAG, BCOMG
  • Course Core Courses (CC)

IGNOU BEGLA-137 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Understanding the Relationship between Language and Literature through Vocabulary

  • Unit 1 - Literal versus Metaphorical Meaning
  • Unit 2 - Extension of Meaning
  • Unit 3 - Multiple Meanings
  • Unit 4 - Study of Literary Texts

Block 2 - Literary Devices

  • Unit 1 - Sound Patterns
  • Unit 2 - Figures of Speech-1
  • Unit 3 - Figures of Speech-2
  • Unit 4 - Figures of Speech-3

Block 3 - Structure Words

  • Unit 1 - Structure Words-1
  • Unit 2 - Structure Words-2 Auxiliaries
  • Unit 3 - Structure Words in Discourse-1
  • Unit 4 - Structure Words in Discourse-2

Block 4 - Rhetorical Devices

  • Unit 1 - An Introduction to Rhetoric
  • Unit 2 - Structure and Style
  • Unit 3 - Use of Repetition
  • Unit 4 - Use of Questions
  • Unit 5 - Doing Things with Language: Politeness
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IGNOU BEGLA-137 (July 2021 - January 2022) Assignment Questions

1. Show your understanding of the distinction between literary and non-literary prose by citing examples and discussing them. 450 words (You may give the source) 2. Fill in the blank in the following passage with suitable prepositions: Mohan was playing cards ............................... some other people. He tried ............................... cheat the others ............................... using an extra card. Unfortunately, he was caught ............................... the act and was subsequently shot ............................... death 3. Make five words using the prefix 'Dis' as in 'Dislike' 4. Correct the following sentences: (i) The Police is looking into the case. (ii) He has written to me yesterday. (iii) We returned back from Mumbai yesterday. (iv) I have cooked lot of food. (v) Each of the books were costly. 5. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow: The tree crickets were a band of willing artists who would start singing at almost any time of the day. At the height of the monsoon, the banyan tree was like an orchestra with the musicians constantly tuning up. A small flute in my hand, I would add my shrill piping to that of the crickets and cicadas. But they must have thought poorly of my piping because whenever I played, the insects fell silent! (i) Who are being talked about in the passage? (ii) Describe the passage in your own words. (iiii) Make sentences with 'orchestra and 'tuning up 6. Write a passage using rhetorical devices on a the person who has inspired you most in about 300 words. 7. Read the following poem and answer questions that follow: Read the following poem and answer questions that follow: Strange but true is the story of the sea-turtle and the shark —the instinctive drive of the weak to survive in the oceanic dark. Driven, riven by hunger front abyss to shoal, Sometimes the shark swallows the sea-turtle whole. The sly reptilian marine withdraws, into the shell of his undersea craft, his leathery head and the rapacious claws that can rip a rhinoceros’ hide or strip a crocodile to fare-thee-well, now inside the shark, the sea-turtle begins the churning seesaws of his descent into pelagic hell; then… then with ravenous jaws that can cut sheet steel scrap, the sea-turtle gnaws... and gnaws... and gnaws…his way to freedom, beyond the vomiting dark, beyond the stomach walls of the shark. i) What is the dominant atmosphere in the poem? ii) The sly reptilian marine withdraws, into the shell of his undersea craft Comment on the use of the quotation in the poem. iii) Use the following words in your own sentences in a figurative sense: steel scrap, leathery head, oceanic dark, ravenous jaws, beyond the stomach walls iv) Comment on the allegory use in the poem? 8. Give the meanings of the phrasal verbs used in the following sentences. a. She is beating about the bush. b. We hooked up at the conference. c. The boss called for the file. d. He has decided to hang the boots. e. She rounded up the argument and ended all confusion.

IGNOU BEGLA-137 (July 2020 - January 2021) Assignment Questions

  1. Show your understanding of literary and non-literary prose by citing examples and discussing them. 450 words(You may give the source)
  2. Fill in the blank in the following passage with suitable prepositions: The man was playing cards _______ some other people. He tried _________ cheat the others using an extra card. Unfortunately, he was caught ________ the act and was subsequently shot ________ death.
  3. Make five words using the prefix 'un' as 'unusual'
  4. Correct the following sentences: (i) The barn was most large. (ii) I am going to home. (iii) Non-violence is a first article of my faith. (iv) I have cooked lot of food. (v) She is having a large bank balance.
  5. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow: The tree crickets were a band of willing artists who would start singing at almost any time of the day. At the height of the monsoon, the banyan tree was like an orchestra with the musicians constantly tuning up. A small flute in my hand, I would add my shrill piping to that of the crickets and cicadas. But they must have thought poorly of my piping because whenever I played, the insects fell silent! (i) Who are being talked about in the passage? (ii) Describe the passage in your own words. (iii) Make sentences with 'orchestra and 'tuning up
  6. Write a passage using rhetorical devices on a person or idea in about 300 words.
  7. Read the following poem and answer questions that follow: Read the following poem and answer questions that follow: I will give a reply to your unasked question. Strangely you all seem expecting it. I have no wish to live any longer, dear son! With hollow words of empty concern with loveless strokes, you gave me a gulp of water. Quite unfeeling your hands are! My life-flow rolling down my eyes- “She may not go now shh! She will hear! Be Silent!” No need to move, to open my eyes. My ear like twin-boats carry the weight of your words? i) What is the dominant atmosphere in the poem? ii) “She may not go now shh! She will hear! Be silent!” Comment on the use of the quotation in the poem. iii) Use the following words in your own sentences in a figurative sense: life-flow, twin-boats, hollow words, empty concern, weight of words iv) Who are the speakers in the poem? Are there more speaker than one?
  8. Give the meanings of the phrasal verbs used in the following sentences. a. She is beating about the bush. b. I have developed cold feet for the job. c. The boss called for the file. d. I have decided to call it a day. e. She rounded up the argument and ended all confusion.
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