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1. William Shakespeare: King Lear and The Tempest.
2. John Donne. The following poems :
Death be not proud;
The Good Morrow
On his Mistress going to bed;
The Relic;
3. John Milton: Paradise Lost, I, II, IV, IX
4. Alexander Pope. The Rape of the Lock.
5. William Wordsworth. The following poems:

Odeon Intimations of Immortality.

  1. Tintern Abbey.
  2. Resolution and Independence.
  3. The World is too much with us.
  4. Michael.
  5. Upon Westminster Bridge.
  6. She dwelt among untrodden ways.
  7. Three years she grew.
  8. Milton, thou shouldst be living at this hour.
  9. Henrik Ibsen: A Doll’s House.
  10. Alfred Tennyson: In Memoriam.


      1. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver’s Travels.
      2. George Eliot. The Mill on the Floss..
      3. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.
      4. Thomas Hardy. Tess of the d’Urbervilles
      5. Henry Fielding. Tom Jones.
      6. Mark Twain. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
      7. Charles Dickens. Hard Times.


      • Modernism; Poets of the Thirties;
      • The stream-of-consciousness Novel;
      • Absurd Drama; Colonialism and Post-Colonialism;
      • Indian Writing in English;
      • Marxist,
      • Psychoanalytical and Feminist approaches to literature;
      • Post-Modernism.

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  1. William Butler Yeats. The following poems:
      • Easter 1916
      • A Prayer for my daughter.
      • The Second Coming
      • Among School Children.
      • Sailing to Byzantium.
      • The Tower.
      • Lapis Lazuli
      • Leda and the Swan.
      • Meru

2.T.S Eliot

  1. W.H. Auden.
      • The journey of the Magi.
      • Burnt Norton.

4.Samuel Beckett. Waiting for Godot.

5.John Osborne: Look Back in Anger.

  1. Philip Larkin. The following poems :
      • Next
      • Deceptions
      • Afternoons
      • Please
  1. A.K. Ramanujan. The following poems :
      • Looking for a Causim on a Swing
      • A River Of Mothers, among other Things
      • Love Poem for a Wife 1


1.E.M Forester-A Passage to India

2.Virginia Woolf. Mrs. Dalloway.

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