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'Begger women' essay

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The idea of man seeking sexual flavours from a women is central to both William king's 'Beggar Women' and Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress'. Compare the presentation of this theme in the two poems. Both the 'Beggar Woman' and the poem 'To His Coy Mistress' were created in the 17th century. By reading the two poems we have found out that society at that time was strict and men and women were not together (like boyfriend and girlfriend) until they were married. We can tell from the first line of 'The Beggar Woman' ('A gentlemen in hunting rode astray') that it is in the third person. In the story the narrator tells us that the story is about an upper class man wants to sleep with a girl which is lower class. The beginning of the poem is light hearted/comic toned. The way that the narrator tells the story is upbeat, amusing and regular. The narrator also uses a pun in line 4 when he says the word 'game'. Pun means playing with a double meaning of a word such as 'game'. ...read more.


The serious point in this poem is that you should never treat a lower class, poor woman with disrespect just because they are poor. The 'Beggar Woman' is narrative whereas in 'To His Coy Mistress' it is like a speech to another person. The 'Beggar Woman' is in the third person unlike the poem 'To his Coy Mistress' which is in the first person. Both of the two poems are about relationships. Also in 'To His Coy Mistress' the man and woman are from upper class. This means the man had to write a poem to the woman because the woman in those days were strictly chaperoned therefore it was difficult to spend time with women. Both of the two poems are written in rhyming couplets but in "To His Coy Mistress" the couplets are used to make points. In 'To His Coy Mistress' this quote 'I would love you ten years before the flood' means that he would do anything for her. But then the man says 'if we had enough time' later on in the poem which means this is not true. ...read more.


Another thing is that the man is too aggressive and impatient when he says 'and tear our pleasures with rough strife'. In 'To His Coy Mistress' I think the man is worse than the man in the 'Beggar women' because in line 30 he says 'lust' which means he only wants sex, this is bad because he is using her just for sex and nothing else. The poem just like the 'Beggar Women' does not present the man very well. In 'To His Coy Mistress' he (the poet) presents the man as rude, inconsiderate and offensive. The 'Beggar Women' and 'To His Coy Mistress' are both good poems that make a point. The point in the 'Beggar Women' is that you should never trust everyone - even a poor woman or take advantage of anyone. The point in 'To His Coy Mistress' is that you should never trust a man even though they are giving you compliments and promises. I think the attitudes in the two poems are almost the same today because you still get people who are like the two men in the two poems. The poem that I prefer is the 'Beggar women' because it has humour in the poem and a lower class women tricks an upper class man. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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