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Comparing and contrasting the two poems: 'Cousin Kate' and 'The Seduction'.

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Essay My essay is going to be about comparing and contrasting the two poems: 'Cousin Kate' and 'The Seduction'. I have read the two poems thoroughly and researched the authors. 'Cousin Kate' is about a young maid who serves the Lord. The Lord leads on the maid and has sex with her for his own pleasure. The maid thinks the Lord is going to marry her but he does not. The maid's cousin - Kate marries the Lord instead. The maid becomes pregnant and has a child out of wedlock. This makes her a social outcast. 'The Seduction' is about a teenage girl who has one night-stand with a boy after an all night party. The teenage girl becomes pregnant and everyone in the neighbourhood sees her as a social outcast. These poems have many things in common. For example they both have female authors. In both poems, the maid and the girl both feel betrayed because the girl in 'The Seduction' says that she feels betrayed by her magazines and I quote 'And she ripped up all her My Guy magazines and her Jackie photo comics until they were just bright paper like confetti'. ...read more.

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Whereas the protagonist in 'Cousin Kate' is a maid for the Lord. I know this because the poem reads 'I was a cottage maiden'. Furthermore, there is another difference. The girl in 'The Seduction' hates her baby whereas the maid in 'Cousin Kate' accepts her child. I back this up by 'better to starve yourself, like a sick precious child than to walk through town with a belly huge and ripe' this is what the protagonist thinks of her baby in 'The Seduction'. In 'Cousin Kate' the protagonist says her child is 'my shame, my pride'. There is also another difference between the two poems. The two poems were written in different times. 'The Seduction' was written in the 20th century whereas 'Cousin Kate' was written in the 19th century. This can create different views towards the poems. The mood of the poems are depressing yet interesting. At the start of 'The Seduction' the mood is a hopeful mood. Sentences like this make the mood hopeful - 'she had met him at the party and he had danced with her all night'. ...read more.

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The language used in 'The Seduction' was not as standard as the language used in 'Cousin Kate'. The language used in 'The Seduction' paints a bleak picture of the night events. The poet Eileen McAuley uses settings such as 'Birkenhead Docks' to create the image that the setting is not romantic. The language makes me feel interested in the poem and allows me to get into the poem thoroughly. 'The Seduction' was a much longer poem than 'Cousin Kate'. 'The Seduction' has 16 stanzas whereas 'Cousin Kate' has 5 stanzas. The stanzas in 'The Seduction' has 4 lines that every other line rhymed. 'Cousin Kate' has random lines in each stanza and a random rhyming pattern. Finally I come to my conclusion. To be honest I preferred 'The Seduction' it reflects how teenagers get pregnant so easily. These days teenage pregnancies are at a record high and people do not take any notice anymore whereas in Christina Rossetti's day it was a disgrace to have a child out of wedlock. It can also depend on the situation. That concludes my essay. Temel Adil 10TA Temel Adil 10TA Coursework ...read more.

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