TNPSC GENERAL ENGLISH

PART - B

ALLUSION

A reference to a person, place or event that happened – may be real or fiction. The reference may be to any painting, script, character etc.

A Psalm of Life

SENTENCE
Dust thou art, to dust returnest Bible
Let the dead Past bury its dead Bible

Snake

SENTENCEREFERENCE
And I thought of the albatrossSamuel T Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. The mariner shoots the albatross, a traditional symbol of good luck.

Sonnet no.116

SENTENCEREFERENCE
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken

The north star which does not alter it’s position. It is used as a guide for wandering ships.

The Solitary Reaper

 SENTENCEREFERENCE
Yon solitary Highland LassFields of Scotland
Among Arabian sandsThe reference is to the Arabian desert, where the nightingale sings.


O Captain! My Captain!

 SENTENCEREFERENCE
Here, Captain! dear father!

 

My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will

Father here refers to Abraham Lincoln. The assassination of  Abraham Lincoln and the victory of American civil war is referred throughout the poem.


The Piano

 SENTENCEREFERENCE
With the great black piano appassionatoA particular piece of music considered by Beethoven to be his most tempestuous piano sonata