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

I have studied the poems "Cousin Kate" by Christina Rossetti and "The Seduction" by Eileen McCauley. I have compared the ways in which both women have been seduced.

Extracts from this document...


I have studied the poems "Cousin Kate" by Christina Rossetti and "The Seduction" by Eileen McCauley. I have compared the ways in which both women have been seduced. The main difference in the two poems is the fact that "Cousin Kate" is written in the 19th century and "The seduction" is written in 1991 therefore the ideas of betrayal will be different due to the time period. The seduction is about a youngster at a party under the influence of alcohol, who meets a boy. They leave the party, sleep together and later on the consequence is pregnancy. These events all led to regret. Cousin Kate is about a poor young girl "Cottage maiden" who is used to working outside. A "Great Lord" who used her and dumped her for her cousin betrays her. She makes the biggest mistake in her life she sleeps with him and then she finds out she's pregnant. The poems I have compared have some similarities even though they were written in a different time to each other. ...read more.


Whereas the girl in the seduction hated the fact of being pregnant and she regretted what happened that night "When she discovered she was 3 months gone, She sobbed in the cool, locked darkness of her room". The "Cottage maiden" disputed the fact that he used her for pleasure. However the girl in 'Seduction' also feels she is no longer innocent and clean as she 'ripped up all her 'Jackie' and 'my guy' magazines up.' These magazines were made and perceived to be for innocent girls and she obviously feels she no longer deserves them, as she is no longer innocent. She regrets every little detail from this day and can't bear the fact she experienced it. The language used for "Cousin Kate" is language that would hardly be used to write a poem in that time period. Christina Rossetti uses metaphors such as "His plaything and his love. He wore me like a silken knot, He wore me like a glove". "Cousin Kate," is written in the first person narrative, which makes the Girl's feelings more directed and it therefore creates intensity for the reader, as the reader feels sympathetic. ...read more.


Magazines and dreams of the prefect love she just seemed to have gained lured her on "Where a stranger could lead you to bright new worlds. And how would you know, if you never took the chance" but all this soon changed when it meant nothing but a shameful event "Better to destroy your life in modern, man-made ways, Then to fall into this despicable, feminine void". Basically she has nothing to look forward to like the "Cottage maiden" whose pride is her child. Both poems have a different imagery I believe "The seduction" shows how you can make stupid mistakes when not thinking right and under the influence of alcohol, therefore you should think before you act as it may lead to one of the worst aspects of your life. I also believe that "Cousin Kate" focuses on the status of people and how wealth can affect peoples lives this seems as a more relevant imagery for that time as status and wealth does not mean a lot at the time of "The seduction". After considering the comparisons and contrasts I have made I think the characters show different ways to express their feelings but they are both abused in a very low and ill manner. ...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 Pre and Post 1914 Comparison 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 Pre and Post 1914 Comparison essays

  1. We have studied two poems Follower and STRONGMAN. These two poems are from two ...

    His chest is like a hammer big and round made out of wood and his solid neck. In the second stanza it starts of by saying "In the final hour" I think this means the final hour of his father's life.

  2. How do Rossetti and Angelou portray oppression in their poems, "Cousin Kate" and "Still ...

    and the deserved smugness of this woman, wrong by two people she loved, to have come out with the real prize which both of the traitors would love but cannot touch as Rossetti ends the poem with "Your father would give his lands for one [a son], / To wear

  1. Compare and contrast the different views and vulnerability presented in 'Cousin Kate' by Christina ...

    has a palace, and the word "lured" implies that the girl is being persuaded to go to the palace, I think she will be vulnerable. The girl starts off as being a strong character and then becomes vulnerable in the middle of the poem but by the end she is returns to being a strong character.

  2. The poems "the seduction" and "cousin Kate".

    "Full of fresh fruit diets - how did she feel betrayed?" This is a poetic device in which both poets used effectively. Repetition of the F's in this case makes the words stand out and puts a certain bitter touch to that individual line.

  1. Poems comparison- 'Remember' by Christina Rossetti and 'Do not go gentle into the goodnight' ...

    Also, the poem 'Do not go gentle' uses variety of repetition. For instance 'rage rage against the dying of the light/Do not go gentle into that goodnight.' This could suggest the cycle of life with its point being reinforced each time; just like 'Remember.'

  2. Theme of love in 3 poems - Remember by Christina Rosetti, Poem at Thirty- ...

    The use of caesura also gives the perception that there is more to love than one simple explanation ?that love is more complicated and has more to it. Thereby leading back to the theme of love. The rhyme scheme of Plena Timoris consists of an ABBAB format, however in saying

  1. The three poems Remember written by Christina Rossetti, A Mother In A Refugee Camp ...

    In poem at thirty nine, the speaker uses a simile to describe her father as being care free when she says "he cooked like a person dancing". This quote creates an image of her father being more spontaneous just like her.

  2. How is the idea of love represented within "Twelth Night"," Sonnet 130" and A ...

    I think this whole extract shows that she obviously see?s love as a very deep, passionate feeling and this is how she longs to be treated. Words such as "passion" and "purity" are all very deep and she uses these words to explain how she would want to feel in a truly loving relationship.

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