A TO Z Literary Principles from History of English Literature: Note 96


A Set of 26 Objective Questions & Answers
1.      The Jacobean age: Jacobean age started in 1603 which is the year of Elizabeth‘s death. It was called so because it was the age of James1.
2.    Metaphysical poets: Crashaw, George Herbert, Vaughan and Marvell.
3.    Cavalier poets: Richard Lovelace, Herrick and Sir John Suckling are cavalier poets. They are called so because they were opposed to the puritans and were loyal to the king. They dealt with the theme of love.
4.    Milton’s first poem: Ode on the Morning of Christ’s Nativity written in 1629.
5. Prose pamphlets of Milton: Areopagitica (1644), a noble and impassioned plea for the liberty of the press. He composed two tracts on divorce—The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce.
6.    Plato censured poetry because he believed it distorts reality.
7.     Tennyson’s Tithonus is a dramatic monologue. Tithonus Originally written in 1833 as Tithon and completed in 1859. It first appeared in the February edition of the Cornhill Magazine in 1860.
8.    The character Giovanni features in one of the following texts: John Tis Pity She's a Whore is a tragedy written by John Ford. The play was first published in 1633, in a quarto. Ford dedicated the play to John Mordaunt, 1st Earl of Peterborough and Baron of Turvey. Giovanni is the central character who shows incest towards his sister Annabella.
9.    Tintern Abbey features the phrase, ‘ the still, sad music of humanity’
10. Molly Bloom is a character in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Molly Bloom, whose given name is Marion, is the wife of the main character Leopold Bloom in Ulysses.
11.  Milton wrote Lycidas (1637). It is an elegy written on the occasion of the death of Milton’s Cambridge friend Edward King, by drowning on a voyage to Ireland.
12.Milton’s Samson Agonistes adapts the form of Greek tragedy to the needs of Christian theme.
13.The two descriptive poems by Milton which may be regarded as complementary to each other: L’ Alegro and II Penseroso which deal with the respective experiences of the gay and thoughtful man.
14.The authors of Religio Medici and Religio Laici : Sir Thomas Browne wrote Religio Medici (1642), a prose work of Browne’s Confession of faith.
John Dryden wrote Religio Laici (1682), a poem supporting the English Church.
15. Two historical books by Thomas Fuller: The History of the Holywar (1639), dealing with the crusades and The Church History of   Britain (1655).
16.novels by Charles Dickens in a sequential: Bleak house 1853, Hard Times 1854, A Tale of two Cities 1859, Great Expectations -1860
17. Abraham Cowley wrote Davide is (1656), a rather dreary epic on King David, in heroic couplet.
18.Sir Thomas Browne wrote Urn Burial in 1658. Urn means a repository for the dead.
19.Some of Shakespeare’s sonnets were addressed to Dark Lady.
20.  The famous letter to Lord Chesterfield which sounded the death knell of literary patronage was written by Samuel Johnson.
21.Peripeteia is seen in tragedy when there is a reversal of fortune as when the protagonist takes a course of action and it brings about the opposite of the expected result.
22.    A Tale of a Tub was written by Swift.
23.    A woman playwright who was popular in the Restoration Age was Aphra  Behn.
24.   The Principles of Literary Criticism was published in 1924.
25.   A modern play which employs the classical convention of the Chorus is Murder in the Cathedral.
26.  The central function of criticism, according to Arnold is To promote discrimination in the reader and civilized standards.
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Ref: 1. History of English Literature- Albert     
2. The Concise Cambridge History of English Literature
4. Baugh, A.C and Cable T (2001). A History of the English Language. 5th ed. London: Routledge


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