Literature and South Africa

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DECLARATION NAME: Ndumiso Ncube STUDENT NUMBER: 46302522 MODULE NUMBER: THL 2601 ASSIGNMENT NUMBER: 02 I declare that this assignment is my own, original work. Where I have used source material, it is acknowledged in accordance with departmental requirements. I understand what plagiarism is and I am aware of the departmental policy on it. Signature: Ndumiso Ncube Date: 25 March 2013 CHECKLIST Please tick the appropriate (√) | | YES | NO | 1 | I acknowledged all source material (study guide, tutorial letter, internet, other sources) used in my assignment. | √ | | 2 | Irrespective of whether I participated in a study group or not, the wording of the assignment is my own. | √ | | 3 | I indicated all sources used in my assignment…show more content…
Despite its free verse, prose like language, there are strong rhythmic patterns created by line breaks, repetition and syntactical deviations. There is a staccato marked by abrupt breaks or interruptions in line 12 to 16, all perhaps, in one way or the other, to create a sound that can help decipher its themes and meanings. Extratextual code is “the relations of the text with the historical and social contexts” (Oliphant and Keuris 2010: 13). This means that in trying to understand and interpret an aesthetic object, in this case Mending Wall, one needs to contextualize the poem in terms of its social, historical, political, and ideological, and even its geographical environment. In Mending Wall, one notes the significance of the culture of repairing walls during springtime as one aspect that contextualizes the poem. The geographical setting, in this case, where during spring the “frozen ground swell” can be connoted to water turning to ice. This in turn can be geographically linked to continents like Europe and America. The spelling of the word ‘neighbour’ as ‘neighbor’ in the poem suggests that this poem was written somewhere in America. This linking of the codes as is done above becomes an extratextual code. In trying to find a set of interrelated signs, one also may want to find more on the biographical extratext of the poem and poem. Robert Frost is described by Helen and Phahlele (2011:103) as someone who grew up in
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