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Compare "The Beggar Woman" was written in the 19th century whereas the poem "Our Love Now" was written in the 1990's - late 20th century. The first poems structure

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Poem Work English "The Beggar Woman" and "Our Love Now" are both from separate time zones. "The Beggar Woman" was written in the 19th century whereas the poem "Our Love Now" was written in the 1990's - late 20th century. The first poems structure is a narrative poem where the poem is structured as a story whereas "Our Love Now" is a conversational poem where one person talks in the poem and then the next person talks. Both poems end on a similar note where a woman finishes the better off than the men in the two poems. "The Beggar Woman" is about a man hunting for women to persuade them to sleep with him, whereas "Our Love Now" is about a man trying to keep and hold a relationship with his partner together. The men and women have different attitudes to a situation in these two poems: 'The Beggar woman' and 'Our Love now.' In the Beggar woman, the poem is about differences in social classes between the gentleman and the beggar woman, based on a narrative, sending out the moral message that there is no pleasure without responsibility. The gentleman is a member from the wealthy, upper class assuming that he is well-mannered and respectable towards women. Class does not define him as a clean, intelligent and moralistic man. He is in actual fact, as the reader finds out in the poem, that he is cunning and acts in a perverted manner yet na�ve, this line is an indication of this immoral behaviour 'Were the child tied to me, d'ye think the child t'would do?' ...read more.

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He had to carry his cross as a burden to the top of a hill where he was killed. In the poem the baby is used as a metaphor so as the baby is the burden and has to be carried on the mans back. "The beggar woman" to conclude is a witty poem in the form of a morality tale. The poem reverses the roles in terms of power, leaving the carefree Lord to look after the baby whilst the peasant woman leaves with her freedom. The poem uses puns and dialogue to express the tricking of the hunting Lord. "Our Love Now" was written in the 19th century by Martyn Lowery. The poem is set up in stanzas of free verse, a man talking in one verse then the women in the next verse. The poem is a man trying to keep a relationship together by trying to prove to his partner that he still loves her and their relationship is still alive. The woman is responding by being very negative and telling her partner that the relationship is over and is contradicting everything that the man is saying. For example the man says how their relationship was a storm but the storm has passed and it is clear ahead for them both. The woman responds by saying that he is true but a storm always leaves lasting damage behind that cannot be repaired. ...read more.

Conclusion

In my opinion the poem "Our Love Now" is a more effective poem than "The Beggar Woman," at portraying the story of the poem. This is because the structure of "Our Love Now" is more compelling and much better at showing the contrast between man and woman, "Our Love Now" ways of contrasting man and woman is by using metaphors for their relationship which I feel is much better than the narrative poem of "The Beggar Woman." The structure is also much more free flowing and easier to understand the role of the man and woman in the poem. The message in the poem is a lot clearer shown in "Our Love Now" than it is in "The Beggar Woman." "The Beggar Woman's" poetic devices are hidden in metaphors and a play on words style. This poem is much more of a story compared to "Our Love now" as it tells of a meeting between a upper class male and a beggar woman. "The Beggar Woman" not only shows the contrast between male and female but also the contrast between upper class and lower class, and that upper class people in the poem are not all intelligent, clever, and worthy of their label of upper class people. I feel that the poem "Our Love Now" gets across the message of women's passion and strength better than "The Beggar Woman," as its structure of the poem and the contrast of females and males using metaphors is far more effective than the play on words and metaphors used by William King. ...read more.

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