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Both the "Ruined Maid" and "To His Coy Mistress" provide us with disturbing images / pictures of love and relationships. Explain.

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Leonie Fitzgerald Miss Collis. Both the "Ruined Maid" and "To His Coy Mistress" provide us with disturbing images / pictures of love and relationships. Explain. Both the "Ruined Maid" and "To His Coy Mistress" provide us with disturbing images / pictures of love, sex and relationships as I am about to explain. The "Ruined Maid" was written by Thomas Hardy in 1866, during the time when women didn't have sex before marriage and they were thrown out of their village for being "ruined". The public at that point in history had a very strict view of sex and marriage. They thought that women in particular should never have sex before marriage and they should have everything taken off them for being "ruined". They were looked upon as a disgrace to society. The "Ruined Maid" provides us with disturbing images and pictures of love and relationships because the poem is about a woman who has become "ruined" which means that she's had sex before marriage. ...read more.


She was looked upon as the one that was in the wrong because she should have done something to try and put amends to it. Also she was looked at in a different manner because he could have been saying that it was her fault and that he could have offered her goods on plate to him. The poem is about poverty and purity, this meant that women should save sex until marriage because then they'd know that they've found the right person for them. The actual poem is written in a Ballard style and it's conversational because of the dialog between Melia and the other woman. The poem has a rhyming couplet scheme that goes AA, BB, and CC, also the beat to each line is four beats per line. The poem also consists of enjambment within the verses e.g. "You used to call home-life a hag-ridden dream ... ...read more.


The poem is a sonnet in which it uses a lot of sexual imagery for example "Let us roll all our strength and all, Our sweetness up into one ball" this is where Marvell lets us imagine the "coy mistress" and the man making "love". This man towards the end gets frustrated or so it seems so because there isn't enough time and then wants her to just make a future with him and have his baby. These doses create some disturbing relationship images because the man could run away with another woman and then leave her on her own with the baby. I think that for different reasons both poems "The Ruined Maid" and "To His Coy Mistress" provide us with disturbing images of love and relationships. While reading both poems I have discovered that they both relate to sex in different contexts. Also "The Ruined Maid" was written in a stricter period so the images were going to be more horrifically horrifying than "To His Coy Mistress" because the stewards had a more relaxed way of thinking about sex. ...read more.

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