MEG-05 Solved Assignment 2021-2022


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MEG-05 Solved Assignment 2021-2022

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MEG-05 English Solved Assignment 2021-22

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Literary Criticism & Theory

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MA(English) MEG




2021-2022 Course: MA(English) MEG



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31st March 2022(if enrolled in the July 2021 Session) and  30th Sept 2022 (if enrolled in the January 2022 session)


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MEG-05 Solved Assignment 2021-2022

Submission: 31st March 2022(if enrolled in the July 2021 Session) and 30th Sept, 2022 (if enrolled in the January 2022 session).

Literary Criticism & Theory

Question: -01. Bring out the salient features of Plato’s attack on poetry’.



During Plato’s day, Gods and Heroes were portrayed in a negative light. As a result, they came under fire from philosophers and educators. As a result, poets were seen as inferior to philosophers and orators.

Plato’s Critique of Poetry

Plato, who was acutely aware of these issues and deeply impacted, was adamantly opposed to poetry. His critique of poetry may be classified into three categories:

Moral Justifications

Emotional Foundations

Intellectual Justifications

Moral Justifications

According to Plato, poetry does not help to societal morals since the poet recounts the storey of a man’s pleasurable vices.As Gods and great heroes were portrayed as wicked, Plato believed that poets’ adoration of them may corrupt youthful minds.Poets are “divinely inspired,” and as a result, their work is very irrational. They let their thoughts to run wild. Thus, poets, with their emotional outbursts and lack of moral discipline, cannot provide safe moral or intellectual advice.Poetry compels the reader to emulate the story’s characters. Thus, someone who imitates a feminine component likely to develop effeminate characteristics.

Emotional Foundations

Plato categorises the human soul as rational, lively, and appetitive. Poetry is always focused on the third aspect of the soul, namely the appetitive or desire, because it provides the most pleasure at the time. Thus, reason is disregarded in poetry, which consequently becomes replete with vices.

Intellectual Justifications

Plato also objected to poetry on philosophical grounds. Poets are unaware of truth cognition because they mimic appearance rather than reality. As a result, poetry cannot be regarded a legitimate source of information.Plato criticises poetry on moral, emotional, and intellectual grounds, therefore exposing its futility and destructive effects.His perspective is just utilitarian. Plato’s ideal state requires that “no poetry be permitted save hymns to the gods and orations on renowned individuals.”

According to Plato, the universe’s inherent character is imitation (mimesis). He thought that reality is composed of several levels. The top layer is composed of concepts, while the lower tiers are composed of imitations of those concepts. Mimesis, according to Plato, is only representation, not creative expression. Plato contended that the poet’s description of a chair in his poem is not accurate. He was convinced of the presence of an ultimate reality. It is composed of ideal objects, of which all items in our world are reflections or imitations. The artist or poet who imitates these unique items is mimicking and so making something that is more divorced from truth. For example, a chair exists first as a concept, then as a work of workmanship, and finally as a work of art. As a result, mimesis is three steps distant from reality.


Plato’s assault generated more confusion than illumination. Puritans used him as an example during and after the Renaissance in their attack on poetry, while poets accused him of “a rejection of the significance of art.” Sir Philip Sidney, for example, attempted to explain Plato by claiming that Plato’s critique was intended not against poetry but against its misuse. Nonetheless, Plato’s opinions were shaped by his period and by particular historical events. As a result, his censure is not universal.

MEG-05 Assignment Question Paper

1. Bring out the salient features of Plato’s attack on poetry’
2. Write short notes on the following:
a) Aristotle’s theory of tragedy
b) Poet as “a man speaking to men”
c) The woman as the ‘second sex’
d) Base-superstructure relationship in Marxist criticism
e) Patriarchy
3. How are myths and archetypes examined to grasp the significance of twentieth-century English writing? Explain. 
4. What is Structuralism? How is it helpful in grasping the appeal and intent of a literary text? 
5. Postmodernism lays special emphasis on identity and difference. Discuss.
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