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Compare 'To his coy mistress' and 'The ruined maid'.

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Poetry coursework- to compare 'To his coy mistress' and 'The ruined maid'. In this essay I will look at the two poems, explore what the poems are about, look at the language and images used in them by the writers and then compare the two. 'The ruined maid' by Thomas Hardy is a conversation between two women; ''Melia', the ruined maid herself and another lady, her friend of whom she used to know when she lived in need. Melia's friend brings up all different points about Melia that have changed, for example the way she looks, 'now you've gay bracelets' and acts, ' you'd sigh and you'd sock' but Melia just says a few simple words in reply. 'To his coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell is a one sided argument and is about a man trying to persuade his mistress to lose her virginity with him before her looks and beauty start to go, as she gets older. He tries to persuade her to have sex with him by using flattery, humour and frightening, almost blackmailing her by describing different shocking images. Hardy writes 'The ruined maid' in an unusual way, one of which is not usually heard of, he writes it as if it was an actual informal conversation between two women. ...read more.

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done without passing judgement or they could think that Melia was over confident in herself for what she had done, which is what I believe. I think that Hardy wrote the poem this way on purpose, so that people could make up their own minds of what to think of Melia and to see that being ruined isn't necessarily a bad thing, that they shouldn't pass judgement so quickly without knowing the full story. 'To his coy mistress' is written by Marvell in a tree part structure, one of which upper class school boys where taught in school as a good structure for speech writing as it is seen as impressive, where two statements are followed by a logical conclusion, a syllogistic framework, simplified by 'if', 'but' and 'so'. 'Had we world enough, and time, This coyness, lady were no crime' the man begins, meaning that if they did have all the time in the world then the coyness of the mistress wouldn't matter, however in time they will get older and less beautiful. 'Thy beauty shall no more be found' he continues explaining that they will get older, and then will not be as beautiful as they are now and says 'now let us sport us while we may' saying that they should just have sex now, before they get too old. ...read more.

Conclusion

'The ruined maid' however is a conversation between two friends, where one is stating how much she has become better of after having sex, being ruined. So it is almost as if the poems were 'before' and 'after' statements. In 'To his coy mistress' he is trying to persuade the woman into having sex, although it is obvious that she does not want to, as she would have known that it wasn't the best thing to do, that her marital status would have been in ruins, her reputation in tatters. However in 'The ruined maid' Melia had already have had sex and although her old life and the only way she knew was gone, she had gained a much better one, where although she is no longer of any marital value, she appears (unless it is just a cover) to be more polished and seems happier in general life. If you look at it in one way, 'The ruined maid' could be what could happen to the mistress in 'To his coy mistress'. It could be what happens to her if she goes through with the man's proposal so in conclusion, although the poems tell the tales of two different stories, they could easily be part of the same one, where 'The ruined maid' follows on from 'To his coy mistress'. ...read more.

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