Thursday, March 26, 2009
OU marked paper number five
Do you recall that my last OU essay was about the role that Davy and Marcet played in the publicising of the 'new' science known as chemistry, well I knew it was weaker than the previous ones I had written and had steeled myself to receive a mark around the 65/70% level. In fact I received 79%, which quite frankly I don't think it deserved but who am I to argue with the tutor?
That has been my least favourite block of the whole course and, even though it did not really deal directly with experiments, I still had to explain the difference between Davy and Marcet's methods in relation to certain chemical trials.
Anyway, I'm glad it is over and I have returned to something that is more me - namely Goethe's Faust, Goethe's poems set to music by Schubert and a large chunk of Byron's Childe Harold. This is the final marked assignment and we have twice as long for submission. The tutors don't really understand why it has been given a bigger word count or prep time because up until now there have been seven marked assignments and this is the first year they have messed around with the course structure.It is good having eight weeks to get it done however and the actual question is:
The Romantics were as preoccupied with the inner life as with the outer world revealed by the senses, and this shows in their works.
Discuss with reference to three Romantic works.
We can actually use any of the works we have covered over these last months, as long as they fit the criteria of Romantic and do not lapse too much over into the Enlightenment texts. It is also good preparation for the third question of the exam which will be based on 'defending a view about a major theme of the course by reference to three texts of your own choosing'.
I will be very sorry when the course finishes - and by that I mean on June 16th which is the day after the exam, or E+1 as I am calling it. At the moment I am at E-82 approx, which is probably too early to begin worrying about the exam (but try telling that to my worry particles).
After that yet another box of papers, books and course notes will be bundled into a cupboard and, as I won't be carrying on with studying until next year because of new work commitments, I'll just have to satisfy my quest for learning by reading one of the many academic books on Byron that I have bought over the last few months. If I do get to finally do a Phd (and I really hope I can - it is my ambition)- it will be Byron related, hence the gradual purchase of as many books as I can gather. It is such a shame that he did not have any relationship with his daughter Ada Lovelace, because I would have loved to have dealt with that for an academic paper.