Analyze Anna Letitia Barbauld s poem  The Rights of Women

A210B: Approaching Literature (II):
Romantic writings

TMA: Semester 2, 2008 2009

TMA 01: 15 points
Cut-off date: end of 6th week
[Prepared by Course Chair: Dr. Dawood Ibrahim]


Write an essay of 1500 words in which you analyze Anna Letitia Barbauld s poem  The Rights of Women in terms of language (figures of speech, imagery, rhythm, etc.) showing whether or not the poem represents women poets sensibilities, attitudes, and tendencies during the Romantic period 1780-1830. Read the poem in your poetry anthology, Romantic Writings: An Anthology. (Vol. 1 .p.5).

Student Notes:

It will be useful first of all to read the genre guide, Approaching Poetry, and then listen to AC 02, Band 1 which contains an introduction to reading Romantic poetry. You will find major help for your answer in Chapters 2, 4, and 7 of your course book, Romantic Writings.

Students may start by explaining the cult of separate spheres and the cult of sensibility during the Romantic period, and then whether or not women poets sensibility is
expressed in Barbauld s poem. It is important to show how language is used to convey the meaning of the text.


The following are guidelines on plagiarism:

If you submit an assignment that contains work other than yours without acknowledging your sources, you are committing plagiarism. This might occur when:

” Using a sentence or phrase that you have come across
” Copying word-for-word directly from a text
” Paraphrasing the words from the text very closely
” Using text downloaded from the Internet
” Borrowing statistics or assembled fact from another person or source
” Copying or downloading figures, photographs, pictures or diagrams without acknowledging your sources
” Copying from the notes or essays of a fellow student
(Slightly adapted from OU document on quoting versus plagiarism)

It is important to remember that plagiarism is strictly barred and would be subject to punitive action by the Arab Open University.