AD's English Literature : A TO Z Literary Principles from History of English Literature: Note 8

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A TO Z Literary Principles from History of English Literature: Note 8

A Set of 26 Objective Questions & Answers

a. Lord Byron wrote Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte which was written in 1814, after Napoleon’s abdication of the ‘throne of the world’ when he was on the island of Elba.

b.  Keats is referred to as Adonais in Shelley is elegy.

c. The pen-name of Charles Lamb is Elia.

d. Romantic age is given the term the Return to nature because their concern with nature and natural surroundings.

e. Sir Walter Scott is known as historical novelist of modern period. His two notable works are The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.

f. The famous Lyrical Ballads contained poems of both Wordsworth and Coleridge.

g. Shelley was expelled from the University of Oxford as a result of his revolutionary attitude.

h. John Keats died at the age of 26 in 1821.

i. Byron made him famous overnight by his poem Child Harold Pilgrimage.

j.  Keats was greatly influenced by Milton ‘s style and manner.

k. The phrase willing suspensions of disbelief is associated with Coleridge.

l.   Keats wrote 'a thing of beauty is joy for ever'.

   m.  The greatest of Shelley’s lyrics the Ode to the West Wind , combines with highest degree of this imaginative quality the other two qualities are personal despondency and prophetic passion.

   n. Frost at Midnight (1798) a meditative poem was written by Coleridge.

    o. Shelley’s O World! O life! O time is a lyric.

   p.  "The desire of the moth for the star, of the night for the morrow ,   the devotion to something a far? From the sphere of our borrow" - Shelley.

q. John Keats (1795 - 1821)'s tombstone  contains this epigraph “here lies on whose name was writ in water. (Suggesting his own epitaph, and recalling a line from Philaster (1609?) by Beaumont and Fletcher)

r.  A satire by Shelley – Masque of Anarchy
A novel by Leigh Heart – Sir Relph Esher
A tragedy by Coleridge – Remorse.

s. Hazlitt was a painter (one painting is still in the national Potrait Gallery), an author and an essayist.

t.  Keat’s Isabella deals with the murder of a lady ‘s lover by her two wicked brothers.

u. Keats Endymion (1818) is based on Drayton’s The man in the Moon and Fletcher’s The faithful Shepherdess.

v. “Man is born free, but alas, he is everywhere in chains – what the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth-It is strange but true; for truth is always strange; stranger than fiction” – Byron.

w. Although American drama of the 19th century usually followed European models, its subject matter often came from specifically American situations.

x. Hell is a city much like London – Shelley

y. Pity would be no more, if we did not make somebody poor – Blake.

z. In 1740 Samuel Richardson published his novel Pamela. Fielding saw that it would be amusing to burlesque this novel by writing in a similar manner about a hero instead of about a heroine, and to upset Richardson’s prudential system of morality. Thus Fielding wrote Joseph Andrews in 1742. It ran far beyond its original design of being a burlesque, and became a novel of life and manners.



  1. Respected Sir,

    These A-Z literary principles will be of enormous help to each and every NET aspirant of English. I have collected all the 9 notes and am waiting for the next in series.

    Thank you.

  2. Thanks dear student for your comment.

  3. Dear Sir,

    Byron’s tombstone in Rome contains this epigraph “here lies on whose name was write in water"
    I've read the same 4 Keats. plz check out the following Link:

  4. it is on the epitaph of keats that is written,here lies he wose name is writ in water

  5. Thanks Rabia for your close scrutiny. I have corrected them.


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