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English Coursework Compare the way Andrew Marvell and William King present relationships between men and women in "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Beggar Women". If we look at the 2 poems we can see some quite significant similarities between them about the relationships between men and women. We see in both poems the desire for sex from the two men, but both attempt to acquire it through different methods due to the difference in class between the women. First we must look at the difference in forms of the two poems. To His Coy Mistress is a dramatic monologue and so we can therefore see the narrator's attitude towards the lady he is trying to seduce. The Beggar Women is a ballad (so it is telling a story) this means that you can find a moral to the story; however, you are unable to see the attitude of the 'gentlemen' towards the women as easily. I both poems we see that neither of the men have much respect for the women. ...read more.


This is a very powerful rhythm and may reflect just how hard the narrator is trying to seduce the women. In both poems there is also the obvious similarity of the men's one desire of sex and nothing else and how much they will do to achieve this. To His Coy Mistress shows the narrator taking a kind and adoring approach to getting the lady into bed with him in the first part of the poem (up to line 20). In this part he uses time as a positive force saying that he could flatter her forever and she could refuse him and he would be fine with that "I would love you ten years before the flood: and you should, if you please, refuse, till the conversion of the Jews". When this fails, he tries to scare her into it by using time as a negative power, "that long preserved virginity: and your quaint honour turn to dust". ...read more.


To His Coy Mistress does not explore this aspect of the relationship between men and women; however, it does show the man trying to take more responsibility by the act of sex being an expression of the love the two share not just a random pleasurable experience at the beginning. Although later, we see this is actually him faking it for sex. This is an example of a man being irresponsible by trying to seduce the women. He doesn't really seem to have any feelings of love for her other than the ones he pretends to have "my vegetable love should grow vaster than empires and more slow" - his love for her will grow enormous and the image of the vegetable is probably perhaps suggests that the love is almost natural. In both poems it is clear that the men are trying to obtain sex in what most would consider in an indecent way (lies and paying). I think it is clear that the moral in both poems is men should have sex for love and to have a child with the women not for fun and leaving the women without a father/husband. ...read more.

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