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In And Around The Yacht Basin – Simon's Town (Geoffrey Haresnape)

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Assignment 1ENGLISH STUDIES: APPROACHING LITERATURE AND WRITINGCourse code: ENN101DStudent number: 3455-277-4Assignment 1: English Studies: Approaching Literature and Writing (Course code: ENN101D) Student number: 3455-277-4
DECLARATIONName and student number: Gerrie Bouwer (3455-277-4)Assignment topic: ENN101D Assignment 01I declare that this assignment is my own original work. Where secondary material has been used (either from a printed source or from the internet), this has been carefully acknowledged and referenced in accordance with departmental requirements. I understand what plagiarism is and am aware of the department's policy in this regard. I have not allowed anyone else to borrow or copy my work.Signature:G. J. BouwerWitness: Mildred MthembuWitness: Wynand Grobler ESSAY: IN AND AROUND THE YACHT BASIN - SIMON'S TOWN (GEOFFREY HARESNAPE)The poem conveys descriptive imagery of the narrator standing at a point in Simon's Town where he gazes at the scenery of the town. With reference to the title the narrator is standing in the False Bay Yacht Club (Simon's Town [sa]) overlooking the basin in which Simon's Town is geographically located. He observes the waterfront and the surrounding hills festered with multicultural architecture and indigenous shrubbery (Jackson 2008).The narrator's view is obscured by the "rigging tangle" of the yachts' masts. As he looks beyond the masts, he selectively describes three architectural styles of dwellings crusted on the surrounding hills. His impression is uncomplimentary and detached as he employs adjectives such as "rhizomes" and "fungi" to describe the buildings: Modern apartments, Cape Dutch homes and English style abodes.The narrator articulates the impact civilization has had on the natural habitat: "The scrubby hills protest" to the invasion of a foreigner, "Europe's garden". This also places Simon's Town in the context of the historical timeline. Since it was proclaimed by the Dutch in 1741, it was occupied by the British in 1806 and handed over to South Africa in 1957 (Jackson 2008). Thus the narrator implies that the False Bay region was pristine and harmonious before any human settlement engaged in conflict with nature.When the narrator describes the pier the reader immediately witnesses a change in the poem's topography from irregular indented lines (grouped into blocks) into a wave-like line structure. The reader also detects a change in tone from serious and dismissive to amusing. The line structure literally represents the motion of the swell swathing the tyres. The tone evokes the impression of an amused onlooker that is absorbed by the mesmerising effect of the ocean. By the narrator employing both these elements in that stanza the reader is successfully hypnotised to perceive his subliminal connectedness to nature.The change of line structure is further illustrated when the narrator writes about the masts and the fragility of his thoughts. The shape of the stanza exhibits the form of a...

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