Please complete ONE of the following (word limit 750 words unless otherwise stated) 1 Take any two texts from volume three of the anthology, and use them to discuss, by detailed reference to the texts, a feature of Restoration and/or Eighteenth Century context or culture which you think they illustrate well. Your piece will be assessed on: – effective use of evidence from the texts, including frequent relevant quotation – demonstration of understanding of the text(s) – use of secondary sources/research where appropriate – clarity and accessibility of your writing 2 Write about one poem that caught your attention. What about the poem made it stand out for you? Meter/rhyme scheme? Imagery/language? Contrast with other texts you have read? Was it surprising/what you expected? Difficulty/simplicity? Your piece will be assessed on: – effective use of evidence from the text, including frequent relevant quotation – demonstration of understanding of the text(s) – use of secondary sources/research where appropriate – clarity and accessibility of your writing 3 A creative response to one or more of the texts, with a separate piece of self-analysis. You can respond creatively to your chosen text(s) in any medium (writing, music, visual art, video, dance…). Note that your grade will be entirely on the piece of self-analysis, not the quality of your creative response (though better creative work is likely to allow better self-analysis). Your self-analysis should: – identify the features of the original text(s) you are responding to – identify the techniques you used in your piece and why you thought they were appropriate – assess the degree to which you think you were successful, and why, and the degree to which you think you were unsuccessful, and why word limit for self-analysis: 750 words (the creative piece does not count towards the word limit) 4 ‘Jonathan Swift is the Frank Zappa of Eighteenth Century literature.’ Justify, discuss, evaluate, modify, or reject this claim. (You can substitute any other writer of the period for Swift, and/or any other cultural figure from the Twentieth or Twenty-first Centuries for Zappa.) Your piece will be assessed on: – the extent to which it demonstrates a knowledge of the two figures you compare – your use of specific evidence in comparing the two figures – the ingenuity and creativity of your argument – clarity and accessibility of your writing 5 Choose one line (of poetry) or one sentence (of prose) from one text from each of the three periods we have studied, and use your chosen pieces of text to discuss what you consider to be the most significant differences and similarities between the three periods. (For example, you might choose one line from Chaucer’s ‘General prologue’, one sentence from a letter by Lady Jane Grey, and one sentence from Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding.) Your piece will be assessed on: – the effectiveness of your choices – do they demonstrate a good knowledge of texts across the three periods? do they show an awareness of the typical features of literature in each period? do they work well together in terms of allowing you to identify and discuss similarities and differences – your identification and analysis of features of your chosen lines/sentences – your ability to make a broad-based argument on the basis of a very restricted set of evidence General requirements: all work should be submitted in a readable file format and should be presented according to standard academic norms (double space, 12pt font size, properly referenced) unless a different genre is specified in the assignment. Proof-read your work before submitting. Bad presentation, unclear writing, plagiarism, will all be penalised.