IGNOU MEG-01 - British Poetry

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IGNOU MEG-01 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title British Poetry
  • Language(s)
  • Code MEG-01
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) MA
  • Course Core Courses (CC)

IGNOU MEG-01 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Orientation for the Study of Poetry & The Medieval Poet Chaucer

  • Unit 1 - From the Evaluation of Portraits towards the Explication of Poems
  • Unit 2 - A Prelude to the Study of Poetry
  • Unit 3 - The Age of Chaucer
  • Unit 4 - Chaucer’s Poetry: A General Survey
  • Unit 5 - The General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales
  • Unit 6 - A Study of ‘The Nonnes Preests Tale’-I
  • Unit 7 - A Study of ‘The Nonnes Preests Tale’-II

Block 2 - Undertaking A Study of Spenser

  • Unit 1 - The Renaissance
  • Unit 2 - Edmund Spenser
  • Unit 3 - Spenser’s Poetry- I
  • Unit 4 - Spenser’s Poetry- II

Block 3 - The Metaphysical Poets: Donne, Herbert

  • Unit 1 - Poetry and Society in the Seventeenth Century (Pre-Restoration)
  • Unit 2 - John Donne: Portrait of the Man, His Thematic and Technical Innovations and Textual Study of four Love Poems
  • Unit 3 - John Donne: Further Explorations into Poems of Love and Faith
  • Unit 4 - George Herbert: A Study of Poems
  • Unit 5 - Andrew Marvell: A Study of his Poems

Block 4 - Studying Milton

  • Unit 1 - The Late Renaissance
  • Unit 2 - Milton: The Life
  • Unit 3 - A Survey of Milton’s lesser Poems and Prose
  • Unit 4 - ‘On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity’ and ’Lycidas’
  • Unit 5 - ‘L’Allegro’, ‘II Penseroso’ and the Sonnets

Block 5 - The Neoclassical Poets: Dryden and Pope

  • Unit 1 - The Age of Dryden
  • Unit 2 - John Dryden
  • Unit 3 - Mac Flecknoe
  • Unit 4 - Pope: A Background to an Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot
  • Unit 5 - Pope: The Study of an Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot

Block 6 - The Romantic Poets: Blake, Wordsworth & Coleridge

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to Romantic Poetry
  • Unit 2 - William Blake
  • Unit 3 - Wordsworth’s The Prelude Book I: A Critical Analysis
  • Unit 4 - Coleridge: Kubla Khan & ‘Dejection’: An Ode’

Block 7 - The Second Generation Romantic Poets: Shelley & Keats

  • Unit 1 - The Poet of Volcanic Hope: P.B. Shelley
  • Unit 2 - A Study of the Triumph of Life
  • Unit 3 - Keats: Hyperion: A Fragment-I
  • Unit 4 - Keats: Hyperion: A Fragment-II
  • Unit 5 - The Romantic Age: A Review

Block 8 - The Victorian Poets: Browning, D.G. and Christina Rossetti & Oscar Wilde

  • Unit 1 - The Victorian Age: Selected Studies
  • Unit 2 - Robert Browning: Life and Aspirations
  • Unit 3 - Robert Browning: Two Early Poems
  • Unit 4 - Two Poems from Men and Women (1855)
  • Unit 5 - The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • Unit 6 - Oscar Wilde: The Ballad of Reading Goal

Block 9 - The Modernist Poets

  • Unit 1 - Modern British Poetry: An introduction
  • Unit 2 - W.B. Yeats: Background, System and Poetic Career Until
  • Unit 3 - The Eater Poetry of W.B. Yeats
  • Unit 4 - T.S.Eliot: The Waste Land-I
  • Unit 5 - T.S.Eliot: The Waste Land-II
  • Unit 6 - T.S.Eliot: The Waste Land-III

Block 10 - Some Modernist and Postmodernist Poets: Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin & Sylvia Plath

  • Unit 1 - Dylan Thomas
  • Unit 2 - Philip Larkin and Movement Poetry
  • Unit 3 - Sylvia Plath and Confessional Poetry
  • Unit 4 - So! Now! What is Poetry? Once again: A Symposium
  • Unit 5 - Essays and Evaluations
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IGNOU MEG-01 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

1. Explain any two of the excerpts of poems given below with reference to their context: (i) But hail thou Goddes, sage and holy, Hail divinest Melancholy, Whose Saintly visage is too bright To hit the Sense of human sight; And therefore to our weaker view, Ore laid with black staid wisdoms hue. (ii) My love is now awake out of her dreams (s), and her fayre eyes like stars that dimmed were With darksome cloud, now shew theyr goodly beams More bright then Hesperus his head doth rere. (ii) All human things are subject to decay, And when Fate summons monarchs must obey. This Fleckonoe found, who, like Augustus, young Was called to Empire and had governed long; (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 2. Draw a ccomparison between the Epithalamion and the Prothalamion as wedding songs. Answer with suitable examples. 3. Who were the Pre- Raphaelites and what were the characteristics of the movement? Critically appreciate any one poem of this age/movement. 4. What attitude to Nature does Coleridge express in the Ode to Dejection? In what ways does this attitude differ from that of Wordsworth and from his own earlier attitude? 5. What was the Reformation? What relations can you identify and trace between the Renaissance and the Reformation. 6. Philip Larkin has been called an ‘uncommon poet of common man’. Would you agree? Explain with suitable examples.

IGNOU MEG-01 (July 2021 - January 2022) Assignment Questions

1. Explain with critical comments any two of the following passages with reference to their contexts: (a) Where was heard the mingled measure From the fountain and the caves. It was a miracle of rare device, A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice! (b) We sat grown quiet at the name of love; We saw the last embers of daylight die, And in the trembling blue-green of the sky, A moon, worn as if it had been a shell Washed by time's waters as they rose and fell, About the stars and broke in days and years. (c) Weep no more, woful shepherds, weep no more, For Lycidas your sorrow is not dead, Sunk though he be beneath the watery floor. So sinks the day-star in the ocean bed, And yet anon repairs his drooping head, And tricks his beams and with new spangled ore, Flames in the forehead of the morning sky: So Lycidas sunk low, but mounted high, Through the dear might of him that walk'd the waves. (d) When the stars threw down their spears, And water'd heaven with their tears, Did he smile his work to see Did he who made the Lamb make thee? 2. Write a critical note on Chancer's art of portraiture in The General Prologue. 3. Consider Herbert as a religious poet. 4. Comment on the opposition of art and life and youth and old age in 'Sailing to Byzantium'. 5. Comment on the themes of death and suicide in the poetry of Sylvia Plath.
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