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

Compare 'Beggar Woman'(William King) and 'To His Coy Mistress'(Andrew Marvell).

Extracts from this document...


'Beggar Woman'(William King) and 'To His Coy Mistress'(Andrew Marvell) are two poems written in the 17th century when society was very different to how it is today: women had no status, rights, or independence. All aspects of society were male dominated, they ruled, and so all laws and acts were in the favour of males. The poems are great examples of how society was when they were written, they also mirror the roles each gender played in the various aspect of life, the males active and controlling, the women passive, and they had to be compliant. At the beginning of this poem, there is a description of a gentleman out hunting, which is an upper class activity, as they are the only people who could afford to take part in such an expensive activity, also by the fact he is described as a 'Gentleman' suggests he belongs to the upper class or 'Gentry'. The 'Gentleman spots the 'Beggar Woman' and she is described as 'game', because really to the man that is all she (the Beggar Woman) is, due to her gender and social status. When he wants the Beggar Woman's attention he addresses her as 'mistress' which shows respect, yet not so much as to call her a lady, just enough to keep on the right side of her until he gets what he wants, I think. The man then proceeds to issue commands to the lady, due to his class and gender this, at this period in time was socially accepted. ...read more.


So I think the beggar woman was just trying to make the man aware, and also get a better life for 'Bobby' than she could give him. I believe the poet decided to write his poem in a light hearted tone with a regular rhyme and rhythm (not true in all poems) was so that it would be read and remembered, and hopefully the point taken on board. I believe that the class divide must have been something the poet felt strongly about, so he wrote a poem to get his message and opinion across to people. The rhyme and rhythm is also not a particularly easy stylistic choice to make, and King does well to stop it sounding silly and contrived. The poem is written as a narrative and so has no proper breaks (verses). The poem uses rhyming couplets, which would aid memory, as this poem may have been a bard's tale, told in taverns, spreading his message. The overall tone of the poem is light hearted but with a serious point which would hopefully be taken onboard, the poems style is suitable for recital in a tavern. In contrast, To His Coy Mistress, a poem by Andrew Marvell, in contrast to the Beggar Woman does not tell a story, it is a collection of ideas, attempting to coerce a woman into having sex. It is written by a man with very much a 'Carpe Diem' philosophy on life, living for the moment, lusting after women that take his fancy. ...read more.


The role of the woman in this poem, though she is the object of it, is very little else. According to the man she is beauteous and this works against her, the man using it to his advantage. The role women out of each poem discounting social circumstance are both the same, in the eyes of men, objects of lust. Although written hundreds of years ago, these poems raise questions relevant today. The wants of some men and women from relationships has changed little since them. The men in both poems, are after one thing, and ideally would get it without having to have a steady relationship, both women I assume, would rather not be in their respective positions. Many of the attitudes expressed in the poem are understandable such as the Beggar Woman's views, as shown at the end of 'The Beggar Woman' may have been revolutionary and uproarious at the time, are now seen as the correct and fair way to do things. However this is the only view in the poem I find acceptable, the rest I find dated such as, as I have explained the class divide, and also the sexual inequalities, women being treated as a inferior species almost. Still many of the views etc. expressed in these poems are applicable today, the 'Carpe Diem' attitude is still adopted, rather foolishly I think, by many young people. The modern reader of the poem should learn from the way some things were how not to do things again, to learn from the mistakes of previous generations. Jonathan Hayes 11R ...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 Andrew Marvell 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 Andrew Marvell essays

  1. The two poems which I am comparing are by Andrew Marvell and John Donne ...

    Or what if the 'times winged chariot was hurrying near' to the 'last age' were her 'heart would show'. The poem has advanced from ten years before the flood into eternity. Marvell says what use is your beauty, it's as useless sound trying to escape from a marble vault: 'Thy

  2. "To his coy mistress" by Andrew Marvell and "Funeral Blues" by W.H Auden explore ...

    But this is to change. While Marvell's poem is split into stanzas which each suggest a different idea in his poem, Audens is very different. It is not split up, but all in one long paragraph. He has approached the themes of love in a different, yet much simpler way.

  1. Andrew Marvell and William Shakespeare both write their poems featuring love and time, which ...

    Form both of the texts I believe that Shakespeare is much more romantic as he writes what he believes and how he believes love should be, whereas Marvell is romantic but changes his personality about love all the time as he is extremely selfish.

  2. Compare the presentation and treatment of women in Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess" and ...

    set the her wits to yours, forsooth, and made excuse, e'en then would be some stooping; and I choose never to stoop," The way men control women and women control men is also shown in these lines. A sinister edge to the poem is shown when the duke says: "I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together."

  1. Men and their desperate acts for sex in the 17th century with reference to; ...

    Then the male talks about "the conversion of the Jews", which is meant to represent the end of world. Marvell than implies that the mistress that she could refuse him for all of time for sex, and that he still wouldn't ever lose his love for her because she is what is most important to him.

  2. Compare and contrast Andrew Marvell's

    The vegetable symbolises his love. The vegetable is good, wholesome and growing, and he's hoping that the relationship will grow and develop into a sexual sort. There is also very effective personification in the final couplet. Here, the sun is the object being personified by explaining how they can't make it stop moving but they can make it run.

  1. Beggar Woman and To His Coy Mistress.

    Nevertheless, I believe he is more likely to take the baby and raise it because he could use a simple excuse by suggesting he found the baby and raise him. Even more, is the relationship wouldn't be any different to the one he could possible have if was married, as he could simply hire someone to look after the child.

  2. Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) and Christina Walsh (1750-1800?) Poetry comparison

    From the openings of Marvell's verses "Had we but world enough, and time", "But at my back I always hear" and "Now therefore, while the youthful hue". The keywords being "Had", "But" and "Now" it is apparent that Marvell is basically saying: If we had enough time then I would love you forever, adore every inch of you, etc.

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