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Compare and contrast 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti with 'The Seduction' by Eileen McAuley

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Compare and contrast 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti with 'The Seduction' by Eileen McAuley. Look closely at the content, theme, mood, structure and language of both poems. For this essay I have been asked to compare two poems. One from the era of pre twentieth century and one from the twentieth century. The poem from pre twentieth century I am writing about is 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti. The poem from the twentieth century will be 'The Seduction' by Eileen McAuley. These two poems have many similarities, but they also have many differences. It is pretty obvious that both these poets have different writing techniques, obviously because they were written in different eras. These two poems which I will be discussing have many similarities even though they were written in different eras one of the similarities is exploitation. In the poem 'Cousin Kate' the narrator feels she has been exploited by the Great Lord, because she feels he used her to have sexual intercourse. ...read more.


In the next line we learn a lot about the narrator that she is a beautiful young women but she doesn't realize it we also learn she is na�ve. "Not mindful I was fair" The word 'mindful' implies that she is na�ve and that she doesn't even realize how beautiful she really is. "Why did a great lord find me out and praise my flaxen hair? The tone in this line is bitter and reproachful; the rhetorical question conveys her recrimination and regret. Almost that she is wailing with woe. "Why did a great lord fine me out to fill my heart with care?" There is also another rhetorical question here which implies that she is searching her conscious, "why did a great lore find me out" this line is repeated twice in the first eight lines and is what we call repetition which emphasizes her regret. ...read more.


is acceptable to lose your chastity but in 'Cousin Kate' it was disgraceful as being chaste was highly important at that time. "Shameless shameful" This live is incongruous an oxymoron the alliteration of the letter 'S' also emphasizes the oxymoron. The next line implies his predatory nature and his desire from the beginning of meeting the narrator "His plaything" The word 'plaything' this word is very emotive word it conveys to us the lord's true intentions of using the narrator just for sexual intercourse. This is also similar to 'The Seduction' as in The Seduction the young male teenager buy's the girl drinks and encourages her to come to the river with him "'I'll take you to the river where I spend the afternoons." This line implies that there is only one thing on his mind and that is not to talk about but to take her chastity as the lord intended to do with the narrator in 'Cousin Kate'. ...read more.

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