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Compare and contrast Cousin Kate and The Seduction.

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Compare and contrast Cousin Kate and The Seduction. The poem Cousin Kate is written about a young woman who falls in love with a wealthy lord and has his child. The lord then end the relationship between them, leaving her and the baby so that he can be with her cousin. The second poem, The Seduction, is written about a young girl that attends a party and meets a boy. She instantly finds herself attracted to him. The young boy takes her down to the docs where it is quiet and seduces her. Three months later the girl realises she is expecting his baby and is devastated. She realises how he used her. In the poem Cousin Kate the writer uses language that we would not used. For example words such as 'woe's' and 'coronet'. As I read through the first verse I noticed a pattern in the way the writer has chosen to write the poem. At the end of every other line, the writer rhymes the words. I also noticed that the writer uses repetition of a rhetorical question, this helps emphasize the importance of what the young woman feels. 'Why did I great lord find me out?' The writer uses an oxymoron in the second verse. 'Shameless, Shameful'. This is contradictory because she is 'shameless' because she knows she is not to blame, yet she is 'shameful' at the same time. This tells us that she is ashamed even thought she may try not to be. ...read more.

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Another contrast in the poem is the way that her neighbours treated her. At the start of the poem she is a very normal young woman with many friends and as the poem progresses she is treated more as an outcast. She refers to the neighbours as calling her cousin Kate 'Good and pure' and how she is an 'outcast thing' as the verse goes on she compares 'dust' with 'gold' the dust indicates how she is living in poverty compared to the gold that the wealthy lord has. The cottage maiden also tells us how Kate's love was 'writ in sand' this suggests that the love is not strong and can be washed away just like sand can. This is a metaphor because the love was not actually written in sand, but it suggests to us that it is very fine and can be destroyed easily. At the end of the poem we find out that the lord fathered the cottage maidens son and that Kate cannot have children of her own. Therefore she has something more precious than they can ever have, and as her son is his only heir he will have everything he own when he dies. This stops her from being as ashamed as she once was because she is proud of her son. She uses an oxymoron to explain this to us. 'My shame, my pride' this tells us that what was once her shame is now her pride. ...read more.

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Before she slept with him, at the party, she felt happy and besotted with the boy but then after she realises she's pregnant she feels stupid and upset. The poem portrays images in our mind that link to the girl, such as the girl ripping up her teen magazines until they looked like confetti. This shows us that she had the idea she may even end up marrying the boy who she slept with. The words 'white high shoes' indicate the girl's purity and innocence, and then when the girl breaks the shoes it indicates that her innocence and purity is at an end. The Similarities between Cousin Kate and the Seduction are that both of the girls ended up pregnant by people who used them; only in Cousin Kate she is proud of her son at the end whereas the girl is ashamed of herself. Both of the poems have morals to them. The moral of 'The Seduction' is to make sure you are when you are drunk and it shows how misleading people's words and actions can be. The moral of 'Cousin Kate' is that occasionally things can turn around and there is nothing you can do about them except look for the best that can come out of it. I think that both poems show the typical attitude to teenage pregnancy, which appears to not have changed throughout the time between the two poems were written. This is that the teenagers are scared and are worried about the view of other people. ...read more.

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