Category : English Paper 2: Literature in English

Poetry Study Aid: Abou Ben Adhem: Leigh Hunt

The poem ‘Abou Ben Adhem’ by Leigh Hunt – a short, parable-like poem – advocates the idea that the best way to express your love for God is by simply loving your fellow human beings. Abou Ben Adhem is the anglicized name of one of the most prominent early Sufi saints, Ibrahim ibn Adham. He is a legendary figure whose renunciation of his position as a king to become an ascetic to practise a deeply religious life rejecting the pomp and splendour of royal wealth is magnificently celebrated in the Sufi tradition.

The poem Abou Ben Adhem consists of two stanzas; the first with fourteen lines and the second with four. The two parts of the poem represent the two separate visits from the angel to Abou Ben Adhem and the two forms of love that the poem relates-love for God and love for humanity. The rhyme scheme in “Abou Ben Adhem” is very simple; rhyming couplets are used throughout the poem.

The occasion portrayed in the poem takes place in the bedroom of Abou Ben Adhem over the course of two nights. The poem narrates Abu Ben Adhem waking from a deep peaceful sleep in his room and seeing an angel etching the names of those who love God in a book of gold.… Read More “Poetry Study Aid: Abou Ben Adhem: Leigh Hunt”

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English Paper 2: Literature in English

(Two hours)

Answers to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
The time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.
Attempt one question each from Section A, B and C and any other two questions.
You should answer five questions in all.
All the questions carry equal marks.

Section A: Drama
As You Like It: William Shakespeare
Question 1
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Celia: Ay Fare you well, fair gentleman.
Orlando: Can I not say ‘I thank you’? My better parts are all thrown down, and that which stands up is but a quintain, a mere lifeless block.
Rosalind: He calls us back: my pride fell with my fortunes;
I’ll ask him what he would. Did you call, Sir? Sir, you have wrestled well, and overthrown more than your enemies.
a) How has Rosalind appreciated Orlando’s victory in the wrestling match?
b) How does Orlando respond when Celia bids him farewell?
c) Why does Orlando compare himself to a quintain?
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