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Compare and contrast the pre-20th century love poem 'Cousin Kate' by C. Rossetti with the late 20th century poem 'The Seduction' by E. Mcauley.

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Essay question: compare and contrast the pre-20th century love poem 'Cousin Kate' by C. Rossetti with the late 20th century poem 'The Seduction' by E. Mcauley. As part of my year 10 coursework for English I have been asked to read love poems and look at the similarities and the differences between the two poems, Cousin Kate and The Seduction. One of the writers of the poems Christina Rossetti was very famous for her poems and the role as an early feminist she was born on 5th December 1830 and died on 29th December 1894 at the age of 64. Her poems were famous for the way she spoke about unrequited love to earthly love she was a devout (seriously religious) member of the Church of England who never married. Her feminist desires caused her a life long struggle by constantly attempting to reconcile her own often-conflicting ideals towards religion, ambition and the Victorian womanhood. Rossettis view to being a nun of art. Has also influenced the way in which her poetry has been made. Because Rossetti never married, the central themes of her poetry were considered to be renunciation and sexual frustration and the hope for a better life after death. My first impressions of the poems were that I realized that they are not stereotypical love poems they have pessimistic and optimistic endings. Pessimistic ending was 'The Seduction' as there was no hope but in 'Cousin Kate' there was hope, an optimistic ending. ...read more.

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There is a lot of metaphorical language equally used in both poems. In 'Cousin Kate' Christina Rossetti used metaphors there is one particular phrase, which says the cottage maiden. "Might have been a dove" When I read this quote it brought a lot of imagery to my head it does this to many other readers who have read the poem as its figurative language showing imagery for example. When I read this I can imagine what it means in my head, the image I interpret is that white symbolizes innocence and virginity. So she might have been an innocent virgin. 'Cousin Kate' is written is autobiographical style using first person compared to 'The Seduction' which is written in the third person. This has a big effect on the reader as you can imagine the way the character is feeling in many different aspects and the emotion and the way they feel to disillusionment. It's also good for spotting figurative language within the context of both poems. And also as if she is writing to her friend or cousin. Many things in the poems drew my attention to them many lines that had figurative language (metaphors) in them. The quote I have chosen for 'The Seduction' is. Now, with a softly rounded belly, she was sickened every morning. This quote shows that the female in 'The Seduction' is pregnant she has a round belly and is suffering like a percentage of women do from morning sickness. ...read more.

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The other the more traditional and the way it should be done the female falling in love but the man getting what he wanted then leaving the women. The subject today towards teenage pregnancy still is quite unimaginable in some people's mind some family's would neglect the mother of the fetus. But many are coming to terms with it and are treating the teenagers who are pregnant like other pregnant women. In some ways there is still a stigma connected to teenage pregnancy but not as much as there used to be in the 19th century. But it's even worse in some ways if the teenager it still single and they become pregnant by a one-night stand many blame them for their stupid mistake. I preferred 'The Seduction' rather than 'Cousin Kate' because it is more modern and understandable to today's life. It describes teenager's actions as it is in today's life going out till late with mates, drinking alcohol and smoking drugs. I disliked 'Cousin Kate' because I didn't really understand what the feminist was going through I couldn't relate anything from what I do to the feminist unlike 'The Seduction'. Christina Rossetti lived a great life but there was something missing in her life she longed to be a mother. It seemed from many other writings from Christina Rossetti that she was infertile and couldn't conceive so she had inspiration from her own life to write her own poems and probably made her poems very realistic and sensuous. ...read more.

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