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Compare and contrast the different views and vulnerability presented in 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti and 'The Seduction' by Eileen McAuley.

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Compare and contrast the different views and vulnerability presented in 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti and 'The Seduction' by Eileen McAuley. The two poems were written around one hundred years apart so therefore I think society would have changed in the poems. As these poems are about seduction I think the women will be the ones who are vulnerable and that the men will have power over the women. This would possibly be more the case in the older poem as women did not have such a strong position in society. Seduction means to persuade by some means someone to do something when they are unwilling. The two poems have a lot of similarities especially in the themes of vulnerability and power. There are also many differences for example in the way that the women are affected by the seductions. Vulnerability means being open to attack or having some kind of weakness. Both the girls in the poems are vulnerable at certain stages. The first poem I looked at is 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti; which was written in the nineteenth century and is the older of the two poems. It is about a poor girl who is seduced by the Lord who then leaves her for the girl's cousin Kate. ...read more.

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The maid thinks the Lord and Kate's love is temporary and will soon be washed away. 'The Seduction' was written by Eileen McAuley in the twentieth Century. It is about a girl who was seduced by a river and becomes pregnant. It is all unromantic and the girl is very upset about it. The girl is drunk at the time of the seduction so this makes her incredibly vulnerable. She seems to like the boy at the start and his idea of acting mature works on her, "she had nodded, quite enchanted". After the seduction she is very upset about the incident and this makes her weak and vulnerable. This contrasts with the poem 'Cousin Kate' as the girl knows what she is doing. She just falls for his money and also the way he complimented her, "praise my flaxen hair". It is also different as in 'Cousin Kate' the girl leaves the seduction on a positive note, whereas the girl in the 'The Seduction' she is hurt through out the rest of the poem. The boy in the poem is the powerful one. He gets his way and then he just leaves the girl. He gains his power by trying to impresses the girl he does this by talking about "football; Sammy Lee and Ian Rush", this makes him sound intelligent. ...read more.

Conclusion

Repetition is used "by stupid, stupid promises" this emphasises her guilt and her realising what has happened. In addition it suggests she keeps thinking about it. The two poems use the same techniques to create atmospheres, effects and scenes; they use symbolism, similes, metaphors and rhyming. The difference in the language is that the poem 'Cousin Kate' does not use techniques such as enjambment or alliteration. I think that 'The Seduction' makes very good use of the vocabulary skills to create a vivid picture of what is happening, the scenery and portrays emotions well. In conclusion I think that 'Cousin Kate' and 'The Seduction' have differences and similarities involving the different views and vulnerability and power. The main difference in the poems is that in 'Cousin Kate' the maid goes away from the seduction powerful and positive whereas in 'The Seduction' the girl is upset and regrets it. Another difference is that the boy in 'The Seduction' was powerful through the whole of the poem and in 'Cousin Kate' the Lord is vulnerable by the end of the poem. The main similarity is that the women are the ones that are seduced, and the men were using the girls. It is hard to say whose fault it is that the seduction took place, the easy thing to say is that it is the boys fault for seducing the girl but the girl is responsible for her actions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nicole Curbbun 10Hart 07/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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