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Looking at the poems "Cousin Kate" by Christina Rossetti and "the Seduction" by Eileen McAuley you can see that they contrast in many different ways.

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Looking at the poems "Cousin Kate" by Christina Rossetti and "the Seduction" by Eileen McAuley you can see that they contrast in many different ways. Apart from the clear differences in the structure of these two texts, the similarity is between the authors. A female Christina Rossetti who seemed to be very ardent in her work and towards what men wrote about women, a feminist woman, wrote "Cousin Kate" in the Victorian times. This was very unusual for his time, as women then did not have any rights or allowed to speak out and were treated unfairly particularly by men. The author of the 1980's poem 'The seduction' is a young woman from Liverpool, who also had very strong view towards women. Eileen's views are not that surprising for then or now as women have many more rights and are treated as much as and equal to men. Women have also gained the respect of men. What is very surprising is that both texts are both related to the same topic and both of a very similar view. ...read more.

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This can be seen in the line "So she followed him there all high white shoes". The author here is telling us that she was pure innocent and still a virgin but wanted to be older and not so pure hence why she is wearing the high heels. The use of language is also very important in both poems. Imagery is a technique that is used frequently in 'The Seduction' and in 'Cousin Kate'. In 'Cousin Kate' the maid says ' even so I sit and howl in dust, you sit in gold and sing'. This creates an image of how bad Kate is feeling. The use of the word howl gives us an understanding of how upset the maid is and how bad she feels. The use of the word howl makes us compare her crying to the sound of a wolf. There is a lot of imagery in 'The Seduction'. The setting is described using phrases such as "the quiet bricks of Birkenhead docks", "far past the silver stream of traffic" and "far from the blind windows". ...read more.

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Another example of this is in 'The Seduction' where the girl rips up all her magazines "until they were just bright paper, like confetti strewn on the carpet". The confetti is linked to weddings. The word confetti is used as it is immediately linked to marriage, and again purity. Finally, 'The Seduction' says "with a softly rounded belly". The word belly is used because it is a childish word and so reminds us that the girl in the poem is still a child. Symbolism is also used in 'Cousin Kate'. The maid says "you sit in gold and sing". Gold is a symbol of wealth and riches, singing represent happiness. The maiden says, "So I sit and howl in dust" as dust is a symbol of poverty and dirt. The maid is saying she feels lonely, dirty and unhappy. Another technique used in both poems is repetition, which is mainly used for emphasis. In 'The Seduction', it says "by stupid, stupid promises". This could be an example of the girl realizing her guilt and beginning to face up to the mistakes she has made. So although there are many contrast between the two poems and also poets there are also a lot of similarity between them aswell Kate Dixon ...read more.

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