• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and Contrast The Poems 'Cousin Kate' By Christina Rossetti with 'The Seduction' By Eileen McAuley.

Extracts from this document...


Compare and Contrast The Poems 'Cousin Kate' By Christina Rossetti with 'The Seduction' By Eileen McAuley I read and compared the two poems, 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti and 'The Seduction' by Eileen McAuley. In this essay I was compare and contrast the two poems. Both poems describe situations in which a young girl gets seduced by a man and becomes pregnant. These poems also describe a loss of innocence and a sense of betrayed by men. 'Cousin Kate' is a poem which is set in the 1700's whereas 'The Seduction' has a much more modern context which is what makes them so interesting to compare as we can see how or if at all societies views on teenage pregnancy has changed. The poem 'Cousin Kate' is a pre-twentieth century poem which is set in the countryside. This poem, at first, is not obvious what it is about, as the title gives us no indication that it is about a seduction all we know by reading the title is that it has got something to do with a cousin Kate. Its about a young lady, she is a cottage maiden and she gets seduced by a lord. ...read more.


As the poem progresses it becomes more hatred, in the beginning the poem isn't all 'happy happy' but it isn't as angry as it is nearer the end. The poem rhymes and the use of punctuality makes it easy to read. The setting of the poem 'The Seduction' is - Birkenhead docks- where the seducer leads the girl and the way it is described is almost chilling. The words such as 'frightening scum' and 'septic wound' are both effective and frightening. The first few lines of the poem immediately give us an impression of what the seducer is doing and exactly what the scene is like. The poem 'The Seduction' is about a young girl who gets seduced by a boy she meets at a party. For the first part of the poem, the young girl is drunk and unaware of what is happening. In the poem the writer constantly reminds you of innocence that is the girl with words like 'giggle', 'high white shoes' and 'wide blue eyes' whereas the seducer is obviously less innocent as depicted with the use of phrases such as- ' he swiftly contrived to kiss her', 'He spat into the river', 'muttered little slag' and 'eyes as blue as iodine'- which is particularly effective in the way it contrasts the innocent image which is what the girl can see and reality. ...read more.


Both poems express a loss of innocence and betrayal from men, but the issue of who's to blame in each poem is very different. When first looking at the poem 'Cousin Kate' it is not obvious what the poem is about whereas 'The Seduction' gives an indication of what the poem is about. Both poems have short, sharp titles. Both poems are excellently written, but I think that 'The Seduction' is the better one of the two, as it is more realistic and the words used are more dramatic. I think that the attitude to teenage pregnancy has not changed because in both poems, which are written in pre-twentieth and late twentieth, that the attitude is basically the same and the fear that they both feel about what people say about them. Also there is the same point in the poems that it is the girls are ones seen as dirty and that 'type'. The men in both poems don't seem to have been made to accept their responsibilities, because it is also their child. But society, as shown in these poems has always left the woman to take all the blame, responsibility and comments from other people. By Angharad Lucas 11s1 Ms George. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. Compare and contrast - Baldesar Castiglione's Book of the Courtier and Francois Rabelais's Gargantua ...

    Together with signor Ottavio, he seems to think that women are "imperfect creatures, incapable of any virtuous actions" and that they are a mistake of nature.11 He also supports the idea of man "as the form and woman as the matter; and therefore, just as the form is more perfect than the matter, (...)

  2. Love and Loss

    Pain of love has been put to use in these last lines "after long years how should I greet thee? With silence and tears". This tells the reader that he has deeply affected by their split and that he his emotions are that of anger, pain and sadness.

  1. Compare and Contrast 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rosseti and 'The Seduction' by Eileen McAuly

    One of them lures a girl to him using drink "She giggled, drunk and nervous" and the other man lures a girl to him with riches "He lured me to his palace home" these to examples from the poems tell me that the men are only interested in one thing.

  2. "Seduction" and "Cousin Kate" comparing and contrasting themes of love and naivety, betrayal and ...

    She sets the image of her ideal life and draws the reader in, in order to set her downfall from this ideal and carefree life. The fact that she is a maiden implies that she is poor, she is content with her poverty and she accepts her status in life

  1. Views of love presented in cousin Kate' (Christina Rossetti) and 'The Seduction' (Eileen McAuley

    "Who might have been a dove," also shows her loss of innocence as doves are seen to be pure and wholly good. Her regret at this can be seen in the first stanza when she asks the reader twice, "Why did a great lord find me out....?"

  2. How are Relationships portrayed in 'The Seduction' and 'Cousin Kate?' In the poem 'Cousin ...

    She also says of her son 'My fair-haired son, my shame, my pride.' This contrast represents the social shame she has faced for being an unmarried mother and the motherly love and pride she feels for her son. At the beginning of the poem we just see this young girl

  1. Compare and Contrast the poems "The Seduction" by Eileen McAuley and "Cousin Kate" by ...

    The story starts early Sunday morning at Birkenhead docks. The two of them are sitting by the river drinking. This is his idea of a 'date', and coinciding with the simile describing the Mersey (the river) "green as a sceptic wound" shows that neither the night nor their relationship will be romantic and meaningful.

  2. "How did she do it?": Aphrodite's Seduction of Anchises

    A soft throat suggests pure, delicate skin, which is not chafed, burned or irritated; perfect skin that nearly no human has. In contrast to her immortal, perfect skin, Aphrodite wears earrings in the form of flowers. Flowers are very vivid, beautiful, temporary creations. They represent beauty, but only temporary life.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work