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Introduction to Literature: Short Story and Poetry


Fall 2013


Assignment No. 2                   

Total Marks: 20





To assess students’ knowledge of the literary genres, literary terms, their usage and difference




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Q1. Discuss the significance of the title 'A Poison Tree'.                                        5 Marks 



Q2. How is the poem 'The World Is Too Much with Us' different from the other nature oriented poems of Wordsworth? 

                                                                                                                                     5 Marks


Q3. What do you understand by the imagery of 'mellow fruitfulness' and 'maturing sun' in 'Ode to Autumn'?                                                                                                        5 Marks



Q4. What are two important functions of the West Wind discussed in the poem ‘Ode to the West Wind’?

                                                                                                                                        5 Marks

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about que 3

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

  • From the title it's clear that the speaker is talking about autumn. The speaker briefly describes the season and immediately jumps into personification, suggesting that autumn and the sun are old pals.
  • "Mists" often accompany chilly weather because the moisture in the air condenses into a vapor when it's cold.
  • "Mellow fruitfulness" sounds like something people would say at a wine tasting, doesn't it? "Mmm...this season has a mellow fruitfulness, with just a hint of cherry and chocolate." The word "mellow," meaning low-key or subdued, is a good fit for autumn, with its neutral colors and cool, yet not cold, weather. And it's also the season when many fruits and other crops are harvested, making autumn fruit-full.
  • Autumn is a close friend of the sun, who is "maturing" as the year goes on. "Maturing" could be a polite way of saying "getting old." The sun is no longer in its prime.
  • A "bosom-friend" is like that friend you told all your secrets to in junior high school.

after searching a lot on the que:3

Keats begins by directly addressing the spirit of the season, who is personified throughout the poem. This device of addressing an abstract quality or inanimate object is known as “apostrophe” and is widely used by poets. Keats’s portrayal of Autumn as “close bosom-friend of the maturing sun” suggests a woman–perhaps Ceres, the goddess of the harvest (from which our word “cereal” derives). The word “maturing” has the double meaning that the sun causes crops to mature, and that the sun itself is growing older and weaker as the days become shorter and the year draws to an end. Keats playfully accuses Autumn of “conspiring” with the sun to bless humanity with such bounty. Throughout the first stanza, he uses words suggesting fertility, such as “fill,” “swell,” “plump,” and “budding,” to describe the abundance of fruits and vegetables that ripen at this season. His references to grapes, apples, gourds such as squash and pumpkins, and hazelnuts appeal to our appetites and sense of taste.

read these passage , and write the ans in ur own words.

i think que 2 ans is in the commentary (2nd paragraph). i searched it a lot but didn't find the actual ans.

Star dear, plz tell me about the que 4.


The Wind is performing the dual function of a destroyer and of a preserver.

handouts Pg 165


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