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Compare how two poets have presented different attitudes to love and relationships In this essay I will compare the attitudes to love and relationships presented in two different poems: 'The Beggar Woman,' by William King, and 'To His Coy Mistress,' by Andrew Marvel. In 'The Beggar Woman,' a man of the upper class goes astray from his hunting party to pursue a beggar woman, who has a child, "Bobby," strapped to her back. Before the man can satisfy his lust, the woman ties the baby to his back and leaves him when given the opportunity. 'To His Coy Mistress' is a poem written to seduce a woman to be 'satisfied' before she goes to the grave; the poet's argument is that life is short, so she should live it while she can, but the poem also seems a little threatening, as if the woman has no choice in the matter. In 'The Beggar Woman,' the man is representative of the male upper class of the 17th century, who doesn't care about love and commitment, just about having a bit of fun, despite the consequences that the woman would have to suffer. ...read more.


This means that the next time his lust gets the better of him, he should remember the child that she left him with. 'To His Coy Mistress' is different, in that you hear nothing from the woman. Since it is a poem written to seduce the woman, it is the man talking to the woman, and so he is in control throughout the poem. There is truth in what he says about "Time's winged chariot drawing near," but he says it in a threatening way, describing how "worms shall try / That long preserved virginity." He describes how her honour would mean nothing when she is dead, and how his passion would have burned out with, "and your quaint honour turn to dust; / and into ashes all my lust." This tells the reader the reason why the lady is being "coy," and also tells you that the man only wants to sleep with her; this makes the man writing the poem similar to the man in 'Beggar Woman:' they are both fuelled by their lust, and are willing to use threats to get what they want. ...read more.


what would happen to her body in death and the final section says how he thinks it should be, and give you the moral. The poet also uses rhyming couplets, and uses words that suggest unity, heat and passion to try and win the lady over, such as "one ball" and "sun." This is meant to be interpreted as the man and woman making love, as these ideas suggest togetherness. Like 'Beggar Woman,' there is a biblical reference in, "Till the conversion of the Jews," which means forever, as it is not very likely that it will happen. In the first section, long vowel sounds and alliteration are used, and this gives it a leisurely rhythm to echo its meaning, which is that he could wait for eternity if he had the time. Unlike 'Beggar Woman,' a fixed pattern of stresses sets the pace for the poem, but there is a change in these stresses on line 24, "Deserts of vast eternity," and this puts emphasis on the desolation that faces them as time passes. ...read more.

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