UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS General Certificate of Education Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level
LITERATURE IN ENGLISH Paper 3 Poetry and Prose Additional Materials: *8973287783*
October/November 2009 2 hours
READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST If you have been given an Answer Booklet, follow the instructions on the front cover of the Booklet. Write your Centre number, candidate number and name on all the work you hand in. Write in dark blue or black pen. Do not use staples, paper clips, highlighters, glue or correction fluid. Answer two questions, one from Section A and one from Section B. You are reminded of the need for good English and clear presentation in your answers. At the end of the examination, fasten all your work securely together. All questions in this paper carry equal marks.
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2 Section A: Poetry
SUJATA BHATT: Point No Point 1 Either (a) ‘I want to return to her moment of birth.’ Discuss ways in which Bhatt presents motherhood in her poetry, referring to two or three poems you have studied. Or (b) Comment closely on the following poem, paying particular attention to ways in which it explores the relationship between art and history. 3 November 1984 I won’t buy The New York Times today. I can’t. I’m sorry. But when I walk into the bookstore I can’t help reading the front page and I stare at the photographs of dead men and women I know I’ve seen alive. Today I don’t want to think of Hindus cutting open Sikhs – and Sikhs cutting open Hindus – and Hindus cutting open Today I don’t want to think of Amrit and Arun and Gunwant Singh, nor of Falguni and Kalyan. I’ve made up my mind: today I’ll write in peacock-greenish-sea-green ink I’ll write poems about everything else. I’ll think of the five Americans who made it to Annapurna without Sherpa help. I won’t think of haemorrhageing trains I’ll get my homework done. Now instead of completing this poem I’m drawing imlee fronds all over this page and thinking of Amrit when we were six beneath the imlee tree his long hair just washed just as long as my hair just washed. Our mothers sent us outside in the sun to play, to dry our hair. Now instead of completing this poem I’m thinking of Amrit.
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3 Songs of Ourselves 2 Either (a) A number of the poems in your selection deal with personal doubt or anguish. Discuss the ways in which the poets treat this subject matter in two or three poems. (b) Discuss the effects of Murray’s writing in his narration of the story of Bill Tuckett in the following poem.
Morse Tuckett. Bill Tuckett. Telegraph operator, Hall’s Creek which is way out back of the Outback, but he stuck it, quite likely liked it, despite heat, glare, dust and the lack of diversion or doctors. Come disaster you trusted to luck, ingenuity and pluck. This was back when nice people said pluck, the sleevelink and green eyeshade epoch. Faced, though, like Bill Tuckett with a man needing surgery right on the spot, a lot would have done their dashes. It looked hopeless (dot dot dot) Lift him up on the table, said Tuckett, running the key hot till Head Office turned up a doctor who coolly instructed up a thousand miles of wire, as Tuckett advanced slit by slit with a safety razor blade, pioneering on into the wet, copper-wiring the rivers off, in the first operation conducted along dotted lines, with rum drinkers gripping the patient: d-d-dash it, take care, Tuck! And the vital spark stayed unshorted. Yallah! Breathed the camelmen. Tuckett, you did it, you did it! cried the spattered la-de-dah jodhpur-wearing Inspector of Stock. We imagine, some weeks later, a properly laconic convalescent averring Without you, I’d have kicked the bucket ... From Chungking to Burrenjuck, morse keys have mostly gone silent and...
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