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Title      : BEN- 11 Poetry, Prose, Fiction and Drama
Subject      : English
copyright © 2018   : Karnataka State Open University
Author      : KSOU
Publisher      : Karnataka State Open University
Chapters/Pages      : 26/300
Total Price      : Rs.      : 222
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The Tiger: William Blake Total views (1329)  
My main objective will be to introduce you to William Blake, a poet who write in the eighteenth century(1757-1827). Blake was also called a Transitional poet, who like Thomas Gray, contributed to the transition from the neo-classical to the Romantic Age. Essentially, Blake wrote 'social poetry', wherein he showed a genuine concern for the oppressed class of people. Features of Romanticism are fou ......
Pages: 7
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The Chimney Sweeper: William Blake Total views (1330)  
As I have already introduced you to Blake as a poet in the previous unit, I shall move on to analyse the poem, "The Chimney Sweeper", which is a poem of social comment. Let me now tell you something about a chimney sweeper. A chimney, as you may have heard, is a passage through which smoke escapes from a fire place on a furnace, into the open air. A chimney, in eighteenth century England, also sig ......
Pages: 6
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The Solitary Reaper: William Wordsworth Total views (1327)  
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) is considered to be the greatest poet produced by England after Shakespeare and Milton. He belonged to the first generation of the romantic poets in English Literature. Born in April 1770 Wordsworth was educated at Cambridge. Early in life he lost his parents but he had a deeply devoted sister, Dorothy.
Pages: 11
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The World is Too Much With Us :William Wordsworth Total views (1325)  
Wordsworth is sad at the growing materialism of the age. He protests against it and pleads with the world to restore its relationship with nature and enjoy its glory. In fact, it was in the last quarter of the eighteenth century that steam engine was invented and the British Empire was established in India by Warren Hastings. Adam Smith reflected the general spirit of the age in his Wealth of the ......
Pages: 7
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Christabel (Part I): Samuel Taylor Coleridge Total views (1325)  
I begin this unit with a detailed study of "Christabel, Part I" which is said to be a fragment because the incident described in the poem is incomplete. Part II which continues the story was completed after Coleridge's German tour. However, it has been rightly observed that "the mood of fear and unseen danger, and the contact of vile with innocence, are so fully conveyed that this, section of the ......
Pages: 29
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To A Skylark : P.B. Shelley Total views (1325)  
One of the most widely known poems of Shelley is "To a Skylark". As I have pointed out in my other Units please do not confine your attention to this unit alone. Let me repeat my suggestion. To know and understand Shelley better, read the text several times. Let me reemphasize: - reading the text is really rewarding.
Pages: 19
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Ode to a Nightingale: John Keats Total views (1321)  
Unit 6 discusses 'Ode to a Nightingale' by John Keats. This is a major poem by him. Keats is a great Romantic poet. I begin this unit by a textual analysis of 'Ode to a Nightingale'. The self check exercises add to your indepth understanding of the poem. The difficult words have been explained in the glossary.
Pages: 7
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Prospice: Robert Browning Total views (1318)  
Robert Browing is a well known 19th century poet. The son of a clerk, he married another poet, Elizabeth Barrett (6 years older to him) and lived with her till her death (1861) IN Italy. The rest of his life was spent in London. Browning was a product of his age. He delighted in the idiom of ordinary speech and in the peculiarities of minds and objects. Though Browning was not the first to use "Dr ......
Pages: 5
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A Prize Fight: Richard Steele Total views (295)  
This title 'A Prize Fight' is published in the Spectator Essays. The number of the title is 454. The essay is written from the author's point of view. Note in the beginning itself, the writer makes it very clear that 'he is a person with insatiable curiosity....'. The curiosity arises out of a newspaper, where there was a mention of trial of skills. He calls it as 'Noble science of Defence', in a ......
Pages: 8
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Natural Prejudices: Oliver Goldsmith Total views (295)  
An essay is a brief composition, usually in prose form, which deals with some topic in a formal or informal manner. The word 'essay' meant differently at different times and its present form has evolved over the years. The famous writer and essayist, Bacon, called his work "dispersed meditations", and Johnson, an other essayist, defined an essay as a "loose sally of the mind". The writer and essa ......
Pages: 9
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Beau Tibbs: Oliver Goldsmith Total views (300)  
This unit describes Goldsmiths acumen in dealing with friendship's and camaradrie, with a dash of humour. It also helps in analysing the importance of essay with all its ramifications.
Pages: 7
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Poor Relations: Charles Lamb Total views (301)  
One of the most charming writers in English is Charles Lamb. Though there is a feeling that Lamb has been over praised, we cannot deny a notable place to Lamb in the history of English Essay. Lamb was a direct follower of Montaigne, the humorous philosopher from France who was a pioneer in the art of essay writing. It was in the hands of Lamb that the personal essay took a new form. He is one of ......
Pages: 16
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Nectar in a Sieve: Kamala Markandaya Total views (297)  
This is the first of four units on Kamala Markandaya's novel Nectar in a Sieve. You should know that Kamala Markandaya is a well-known Indian woman novelist, and Nectar in a Sieve is her first published novel that deals with the theme of hunger and starvation in the villages and cities of India. I advise you to first go through the original text in detail which is essential for a proper understan ......
Pages: 13
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Nectar in a Sieve: Kamala Markandaya Total views (294)  
This unit describes about Ira's marriage and provides an insight write into the rain and storm, and the suffering it caused to the poor villagers. It also explains the impact of modern industry on the rural way of life and narrates some incidents that suggest the fatalistic belief of rural society.
Pages: 9
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Nectar in a Sieve: Kamala Markandaya Total views (289)  
This unit describes about Rukmani's meeting with Kenny on his return to the village after a long time. It also gives a brief account of the birth of Ira's child, Sacrabani and of old Granny's death.
Pages: 10
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Nectar in a Sieve: Kamala Markandaya Total views (290)  
Nectar in a Sieve has a tripartite structure, which is well-knit, and which forms an organic whole. The plot of the novel has three facets - a personal story, a social background, and a wider conflict. The story of Rukmani's life and sufferings also becomes the story of the agony of rural India. The plot is well-knit and well-organised. It is an organic whole, because every incident and character ......
Pages: 22
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A Doll's House - Act I Total views (294)  
Henrik Johan Ibsen, (1828-1906) the Nowegian poet and dramatist is generally recognized as one of the most influential playwrights of the nineteenth century. He has also been a great influence on the dramatic writings of the twentieth century. Ibsen started writing poetry at the age of nineteen, and completed his first play, Cataline a tragedy in blank verse, when he was only twenty-two. After a ......
Pages: 15
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A Doll's House - Act III Total views (294)  
The developments of dramatic events in Act II lead to an unexpected and gripping climax. As the events further unfold in Act III, you will notice that Ibsen has certainly lived up to the expectations raised in Act II. Act III shows Nora finally giving vent to her inner thoughts and feelings which she hadn't realized until then. It also brings out Helmer's real self, which Nora wasn't aware of.
Pages: 11
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The Bishop's Candlesticks Total views (294)  
The Bishop's Candlesticks is a One-Act Play by Norman Mckinnel. Norman Mckinnel was an actor and a dramatist. As a playwright he is known for his play The Bishop's Candlesticks. It is an excellent play with a well constructed plot and good characterization. Gentle irony, humour and pathos mingle in it exquisitely. The story is about a Bishop who is an ideal Christian. A Convict who is so far gone ......
Pages: 12
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The Bishop's Candlesticks Total views (293)  
The Bishop is an ideal Christian. Like a true follower of Christ's teachings he has adopted voluntary poverty and given away all that he had to the poor. The door of the Bishop's house has not been closed for thirty years, so that any needy man might walk in unhindered and find relief. The only valuable articles that are found in his house are the candlesticks because they were gifts to him by hi ......
Pages: 9
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Wuthering Heights Total views (292)  
Emily Bronte is probably the most original of the famous Bronte sisters, the other two being Charlotte Bronte and Ann Bronte. Charlotte Bronte is a famous novelist. "Jane Eyre"(1847) and "Vilette" (1853) are some of her novels. The youngest sister Ann also wrote novels and poems. Emily Bronte wrote Wuthering Heights, the only novel and composed a few poems.
Pages: 5
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Wuthering Heights Total views (293)  
Beginning from chapter I up to chapter 12, the two significant themes of the novel., 'Love' and 'Revenge' are highlighted. The initial chapters introduce you to the principal characters, the setting and the two families, which are inter-related through marriage. These chapters unfold an 'action' which is swift and breathtaking in its pace.
Pages: 17
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Wuthering Heights Total views (293)  
It is difficult to follow the complex story of "Wuthering Heights". It is not simple and straightforward. Lockwood arrives at Wuthering Heights in the year 1801. His narration is in the present. Nelly's begins her long narration with the arrival of Heathcliff in 1770. Chapter IV approximately covers two years in the present. For the next few hundred pages Nelly continues her narration. She brings ......
Pages: 9
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Wuthering Heights Total views (294)  
Wuthering Heights was hewn in a wild workshop, with simple tools, out of homely materials…. He wrought with a rude chisel, and from no model but the vision of his meditations. With time and labor, the crag took human shape; and there it stands colossal, dark, and frowing, half-statue, half rock; in the former sense, terrible and goblin-like; in the latter, almost beautiful, for its colouring is of ......
Pages: 10
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A Doll's House - Act II Total views (300)  
Now, that you have gone through Act I, let us move over to Act II in this unit. The plot gets complicated and moves towards its climax. We have already learnt about Nora's confrontation with Krogstad in the last Act. In this Act. we begin to see its effect on Nora when she meets Krogstad for the second time. The Act also defines the relationship between Nora and Dr.Rank. The theme of suppression ......
Pages: 11
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Doll's House - Critical Analysis Total views (300)  
This unit is based on the assumption that you have read the textbook and also the study material which has been provided as an aid for a better understanding of the play. As students of literature, you need to know more than a detailed story of the play. You should critically examine the text and comment on the complex aspects of the play. Hence, it is essential for you to re-read A Doll's House ......
Pages: 16
Price: Rs 12   

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