Texts and Traditions

TEXTS AND TRADITIONS SUMMER

TAKE-HOME TASK

VALUE – 30%

ANSWER BOTH QUESTIONS – YOUR ANSWERS SHOULD BE ABOUT 500 WORDS EACH.

Reference by referring to page numbers and/or line numbers (poems)

NO FURTHER RESEARCH IS REQUIRED NOR SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN: THIS IS A TEST OF YOUR COMPREHENSION OF THE TEXTS IN THE READER

SUBMIT THROUGH THE TURNITIN ICON IN THE ASSESSMENT FOLDER BY FRIDAY 22ND January, 5 PM

1. Choose TWO of the poems by Wordsworth in the unit Reader, and explain how they reflect Romantic ideas about the value of individual experience and nature.

2. Read pages 14- 21 of the Communist Manifesto (section I) in the unit Reader.

Explain how Marx describes the role of the bourgeois class in history, AND, what he thinks will be happening to it as class relations change (ie, with the proletariat).

Prompt #1

William Wordsworth in his poetry utilizes the romantic themes to bring out romance. In the poem “Strange Fits of Passion have I Known,” the author narrates his journey to Lucy’s cottage giving his thoughts as he travels. Nature is widely used to create an excellent environment that positively influences the human mind. The narrator experience passionate emotions and elevated thoughts that are elicited by the natural world. In the second stanza, the speaker says, “Fresh as a rose in June;” (5) here a rose that is part of nature is utilized to illustrate the beauty of Lucy (Wordsworth & Curtis,2009). One can see how passionate he was towards his lover. Also, in the statement “Those paths so dear to me,” (12) the environment brings out the attachment of the narrator to the way leading to Lucy’s house (Wordsworth & Curtis,2009). Additionally, nature has been utilized as a means of relating to the spiritual world. The speaker encounters sweet dreams because of the gentleness of the surroundings. The author also manages to bring out romantics through the use of individual experience.  The first line “Strange fits of passion have I known,” (1) shows the speaker’s affection towards Lucy (Wordsworth & Curtis,2009). Also, the narrator says, “And I will dare to tell…in the lover’s ears alone” (2-3) (Wordsworth & Curtis). The statement depicts the love feelings of the speaker that he was experiencing towards Lucy. Moreover, throughout the story, the narrator appears to be in his world going through different romantic emotions.  For instance, in spite of the sounds made by the fast pacing horse, the speaker does not lose focus of the journey. The narrator says, “Upon the moon I…

Prompt #2                                         Marx and Engels in the text titled “Manifesto of the Communist Party” highlight the various historical roles of the bourgeois class and its continual support for antagonism. One of the functions played by the bourgeois is that of revolution. The authors explain that whenever bourgeoisie has gotten the opportunity to lead, it has ended patriarchal, idyllic, and feudal relations. For example, the writers say “It has pitilessly torn apart the feudal ties that bound man to his natural superiors” (Marx et al., 2008, p. 15). Additionally, it serves the purpose of revolutionizing society relations. Bourgeoisie has contributed to changes in production and its instruments that have led to the need for people to interact with each other and thus the civilization of nations. They force others to adapt their ways of operation…

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