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Title      : BEN - 02 Poetry, Prose, Drama and Grammar
Subject      : English
copyright © 2018   : Karnataka State Open University
Author      : KSOU
Publisher      : Karnataka State Open University
Chapters/Pages      : 20/251
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William Shakespeare: “Polonius' Advice to his Son" Ben Jonson: "To Celia" Total views (240)  
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is considered as a great poetic genius and playwright of the English literary world. He was born in Stafford-upon-Avon and attended the local grammar school. We do not know much about his boyhood and youth. He was not well educated left for London to seek his fortune.
Pages: 10
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Alexander Pope: Belinda's Dressing Table Total views (228)  
The selection you are studying in this unit is from Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock, a brilliant mock-heroic or mock-epic poem. Before we venture into the study of the text, let us know briefly about the poet, the poem, its background and the salient features of the genre mock-epic.
Pages: 11
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William Blake: London Total views (224)  
A visionary is a person of unusually keen foresight, having the capacity to see beyond the mere physical. In this case, it is the poet who shows a great deal of imagination in perceiving what society has in store for its citizens in the future. The poet through a poem like London, wants to forewarn the people about the horror of social injustice and the curses of illness and corruption that pass t ......
Pages: 13
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John Keats: Ode on a Grecian Urn Total views (228)  
We begin this unit by a textual analysis of 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' by Keats. The Self Check Exercises and Self Assessment Questions help you in evaluating 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'. The difficult words and phrases have been explained in the Glossary.
Pages: 10
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P.B. Shelley: "Ozymandias" Total views (230)  
P.B. Shelley is one of the popular Romantic poets who wrote poems as well as plays in the 19th century. His poems are known for their lyrical flow, melody, idealism and revolutionary fervour. They express the poet's strength, intellectuality and faith in the power of love and liberty. Shelley represented the younger generation of Romantics with Keats and Byron.
Pages: 7
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Matthew Arnold: "Dover Beach" Total views (229)  
Matthew Arnold a great poet of the Victorian Age was born at Laleham on the Thames on December 24, 1822. He was the eldest son of Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby School. He was educated at Winchester, Rugby and oxford. In 1851 he was appointed as an inspector of schools.
Pages: 12
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William Hazlitt: On Going A Journey Total views (228)  
Dear Student, here you are introduced to an essayist called William Hazlitt. In his formative years, he was sent to a Theological college and later on became a painter. He belonged to a small town in Shropshire in England and was born in 1778 and died in 1830. Aptly, he writes about himself ….. For many years of my life, I did nothing but think. I had nothing else to do but solve some knotty probl ......
Pages: 12
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William Hazlitt: On the Ignorance of the Learned Total views (229)  
This essay is written by William Hazlitt which is found in Table Talk, Essays on Men and Manners in the year 1822. Here, the author emphasizes on learning or trying to understand a concept through knowledge. The author acknowledges that "learning is the knowledge of that which is not generally known to others, and which use can only derive at second - hand from books or other artificial sources."
Pages: 11
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On Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth by Thomas De Quincy Total views (232)  
I am going to begin this Unit with an analysis of On Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth. It is a psychological study on the Porter's speech in Macbeth by De Quincy. The self check exercises given at the end of the Unit will add to your assessment of the essay.
Pages: 8
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Getting Up on Cold Mornings. A Few Thoughts on Sleep-Leight Hunt Total views (231)  
Hunt (James Henry) Leigh (1784-1859), English essayist and poet, 'editor of several influential periodicals and friend of John Keats was born at South gate, Middle sex, on October 19, 1784. He wrote continuously for more than thirty years, as editor and essayist and his chief object seems to have been to make good literature known and appreciated. His Jurenilia was published in 1801. In 1807 he pu ......
Pages: 17
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(A) R L Stevenson's “Walking Tours" (B) "A Plea for Gas Lamps" Total views (234)  
An essay is a brief composition, usually in prose, 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. Bacon called his work as "dispersed meditations", and Johnson defined an essay as "a loose sally of mind". Montaigue called his compositions as Essays which meant "attempts or trials".
Pages: 21
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William Shakespeare: Julius Caesar Total views (235)  
This famous play, titled Julius Caesar, was written in 1599. It is one of his historical Roman plays (the other two being Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus) where he has incorporated the ideas from historical facts and details. The play also deals with such important political questions as dictatorship, liberty and forms of government. The conflict between the compulsions of political ideology a ......
Pages: 13
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Julius Caesar Total views (226)  
At the end of working through this Unit, you should be able to: State reasons for the assassination of Julius Caesar. Describe the heart rending scene of the killing of Caesar. Explain why Mark Antony was allowed to speak after Marcus Brutus, in the Forum scene. Cite reasons for the fickle - minded Mob going on a rampage. Analyse the different ways in which the speeches of Mark Antony and Brutus a ......
Pages: 12
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Julius Caesar Total views (226)  
The scene of action shifts to the plains of Philippe where Octavius and Antony are in consultation. Octavius is glad that the enemy forces are coming down from the upper regions, to challenge them on the plains. They seemed to have accepted their (Octavius and Antony) challenge even before they could call. Antony replies that he is aware of their secret moves (''I am in their bosoms"). The enemy w ......
Pages: 6
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Julius Caesar Total views (226)  
You have already read the play and the analysis of each of the scenes of this great tragic play. In these units let us take up those elements which have made Julius Caesar one of the great plays of Shakespeare. The major source of Shakespeare is Plutarch's Lives of Caesar, Brutus and Antony. It was not included among his History plays in the First Folio. The play is named after Julius Caesar, one ......
Pages: 29
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Essay Writing Total views (227)  
The word 'essay' literally means 'an attempt'. It is a piece of composition on any subject, usually in prose. A good essay is an artistic composition and is the result of a conscious effort to produce a unified, coherent, balanced, proportionate and consistent piece of writing. Montaigue, the French innovator of the essay form used it as a convenient mode for communicating his personal philosophy ......
Pages: 12
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Précis Writing and Comprehension Total views (230)  
The word 'Précis' is a French word which means 'summary'; it is also known as epitome. Writing the summary of an article, a speech, a story or even of a book is an exercise in concentration, comprehension and condensation. We cannot make a good summary unless we have carefully studied and understood the material we want to summarise.
Pages: 12
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Use of Prepositions Total views (228)  
As preposition is in word which is placed after a Noun or a pronoun to she its relation to some other word in the same sentence. Here 'Pre' means before and 'position' means place. A word that takes place before Noun, do show its relation with a verb, an adjectives or another noun. It is generally placed between a verb and a noun or pronoun.
Pages: 11
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Speech- Direct and Indirect Total views (228)  
You may often be required to report what you have heard somewhere. There are two ways of doing that. You can reproduce the actual words of the speaker or you can give the gist of his speech in your own words. Transformation of speech is an extremely important exercise which helps you improve your writing skill. A sound knowledge of transformation enables you to prepare reports, letters, circulars ......
Pages: 11
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Forms of the Verb Total views (228)  
After studying this unit you will be able to; understand the functions of a verb in a sentence. Cover all the forms of the verb and how to use it in your vocabulary. Define and illustrate what verb is and its various functions in its various contexts.
Pages: 13
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