A TO Z Literary Principles from History of English Literature: Note 79


A Set of 26 Objective Questions & Answers

1. Yeats’ Leda and the Swan is drawn upon a Greek myth. Leda and the Swan is a Greek myth in which Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces Leda
2. The source of E.M Forster’s title Where Angels Fear to Tread is Pope. (Pope’s An Essay On Criticism – ‘Fools rush in where angels fear to tread’)
3. The lines “Things fall apart/ Centre cannot hold” occur in Yeats' Second Coming.
4. The ‘Movement’ is a literary phenomenon in the forties. Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)    
4. The statement “One has to convey in a language that is not one’s own the spirit that is one’s own” appears in :  Kanthapura

5.   Garcia Marquez counts powerful men, including Cuban President Fidel Castro, among his closest friends. Notably, the Autumn of the Patriarch is Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel written in 1975.
6.  Buchi Emecheta,   Nigerian writer, whose works explore the joys and sorrows of African women as they struggle with patriarchal dominance, neocolonialism, economic exploitation, and racism. However, She did not receive the Noble Prize.( Noble Prize recipient - Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordiner, Doris Lessing)
7. John Donne ‘affects the metaphysics’. This remark was made by John Dryden.
8. “The Lunatic, the love and the poet are of imagination all compact”. These lines occur in  A Midsummer Night’s dream. In Act V, Theseus remarks “The Lunatic, the love and the poet are of imagination all compact”.
9. Alexander’s Feast is an Ode by Dryden.
10. Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)    “Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.” – Modern Fiction Virginia Woolf  
11. The phrase ‘Sweetness and Light’ was first used by Swift in The Battle of the Books.
12. Margaret Laurence (1926-1987), Canadian writer’s    chief concern, the development of women's characters as they struggle for self-realization in a male-dominated world, is explored in such novels as This Side Jordan (1960); The Stone Angel (1964); A Jest of God (1966)—which formed the basis of the film Rachel, Rachel (1968); The Fire Dwellers (1969); and Heart of a Stranger (1977). Subsequently, she turned to the writing of stories for children. Laurence's special interest in Africa, where she lived for a time after her marriage, is revealed in A Tree for Poverty (1954), a collection of Somali poems and tales, and Long Drums and Cannons (1968), a critical study of Nigerian literature.
13. The Tulsis of Naipaul’s A House for Mr. Biswas lived in : Hanuman House..Naipaul’s   other novels are, The Mystic Masseur (1957), The Suffrage of Elvira (1958), and Miguel Street (1959).   his best-known novel, A House for Mr. Biswas (1961), is about an Anglicized Indian’s attempt to assert his own identity and establish his independence in a Creole world. The protagonist is based on the author’s father.  Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)    
14.   The quotation “a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I AM” appears in :  Biographia Literaria
  15. “Fearful Symmetry” appears in the poem: The Tyger.  American-born English poet and critic T. S. Eliot wrote that Blake’s poetry in Songs of Experience and other writings contained “an honesty against which the whole world conspires because it is unpleasant.”  Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)    
16.  Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.”
John Keats (1795 - 1821)
English poet.
Letter to George and Thomas Keats
 17.   Prose-writer Gibbon does not belong to the Romantic Period.
18. In Pride and Prejudice, Lydia and Wickham eloped to Gretna Green. Though Lydia and Wickam decided to go to Gretna Green, they went to London instead.
19. The epigraph of   The Waste Land is borrowed from Petronius.
 20. Allen Tate (1899-1979), American poet and literary critic, one of the young writers at Vanderbilt University in the 1920s who called themselves the “Fugitives” called The Waste Land ‘a music of ideas’.
 21. T. S. Eliot has borrowed the term ‘Unreal City’ in the first and third sections from   Baudelaire.
22. Myths of Oedipus, Grail Legend of Fisher King, and Philomela   figure in The Waste Land. (Sysyphus)  Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)    
23. Joe   Gargery is Pip’s guardian. The orphaned Philip Pirrip, who calls himself Pip, was raised by his harsh sister Mrs. Joe and her kind husband Joe Gargery, a blacksmith.
24. Vanity Fair has the sub-title ‘A Novel without a Hero’. The title is borrowed from John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, in which Vanity Fair is a town that exists for the purpose of diverting men and women from the road to heaven. Thackeray transports Vanity Fair to London in the early 1800s.
25.   John Ruskin’s Unto This Last influenced Mahatma Gandhi.
26. Graham Greene’s novels are marked by Catholicism.

Ref: 1. History of English Literature- Albert     
2. The Concise Cambridge History of English Literature


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