Assignment Content – Please see the Files Attched to this Due: Wednesday, Septem
Assignment Content – Please see the Files Attched to this
Due: Wednesday, September 29th. Note policy on late penalties.
Closes: Saturday, October 2nd
Before attempting this written assignment, you must first read several things, found just above this Reflection in Module Two. Here they are listed:
Neoclassic Enlightenment highlights
Characteristics of the Neoclassic and Romantic periods
And especially, the two web links in the separate items just above this reflection assignment, the poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe, and the short story “The Purloined Letter,” also by Poe. They are in separate items. Also, you may want to review the item on the course motif and also the sample of a Reflection Writing Assignment. Those two things are repeated at the start of this module, for convenience.
Then create a file and write about 300 words, not more than 400 words, discussing this focus: Think of the poem “The Raven,” and think of its Romantic characteristics; you will want to review the list of the general Romantic characteristics. Then in reading the story “The Purloined Letter,” look instead–or perhaps alongside–for Neoclassic characteristics; again, you will want to review those. Try to find evidence of more than one characteristic in each work. (Dupin, like Sherlock Holmes after him, is an unmatched logical thinker.) Be prepared to contrast the two works in the reflection on Poe, along Romantic versus Neoclassic lines. In your reflection, while not needing to quote, you need to refer to specifics within the two works to make sure it is clear that you have read the works. Do not just generalize so that you drift far away from the actual poem and story.
This is NOT a full-fledged essay. You may write only a single paragraph, or perhaps several short ones. You do not need to quote, though you may; if you do, no formal citation is needed. Just mention which work you are taking from. However, it will be important to avoid merely generalizing; you will need to refer to a few specific things in the reading, to let me know you have actually read the assigned readings, and to back up your general response to the assigned focus.
The best of the submissions of this assignment will not be writings which greatly exceed my requested length. On the contrary, the highest grades will be earned by submissions which begin with a thesis statement (a concise one or two sentences summing up the assigned focus on similarities in the two documents); and then just mention specific passages in the readings as detailed support of your main point. Submission instructions; NOTE that you must have MS Word or WordPad to submit this assignment: