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Men and their desperate acts for sex in the 17th century with reference to; "The Beggar Woman" by William King, and "To his Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvel

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Men and their desperate acts for sex in the 17th century with reference to; "The Beggar Woman" by William King, and "To his Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvel 'The Beggar Woman' by William King is about a gentleman hunter, who is trying to convince a prostitute to have sex with him in the woods. The hunter is using a lot of excuses to get the woman to have sex with him, including saying that he is good at it and that she will like it. But, the woman does not really want to, and she too uses excuses. Excuses like having a child with her, and because of this she cannot go off with him. 'To his Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvel has a similar plot to the other poem, in that it too is based on the theme of sex. In this poem, the male is again trying to get the female to have sex. He is trying a lot of tricks and excuses to get her to agree. The poem is set out in a way that we get a sense of the man talking to his partner and trying to convince her. He tries to flatter her and make it seem as though he is deeply in love with her and that it is the right thing for them to do, and they do not do it any time soon, then she may miss her chance. There are many more similarities that these two poems hold between each other, and I will try to explain as many of these as possible and how men will try anything and do anything, just so that they can have sex. In the first section of 'To his Coy Mistress' the speaker tells his mistress (a woman with power over the man) what they could achieve in their relationship if they had sufficient time. ...read more.

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If you define 'strength' as a sexual action, and 'sweetness' as their desire of love, you can understand what the male is saying better. The argument concludes in lines 45-46 with the lovers' command of time if they were to 'seize the day'. "Thus, though we cannot make our sun Stand still, yet we will make him run." In line 45, he can acknowledge that they cannot make time stand still. So in conclusion to this section, the speaker knows that they cannot make the time stand still, but if they can work together they could make use out of their time and energy. The speaker is saying that they do not have to let time defeat them, and it can't if they just let into their desires. Overall, we have seen the speaker use many different tactics and ways that he can get his partner to have sex with him. In the first section he uses flattery and gets her to feel good about herself. In the next section he then tries to scare her about time soon vanishing and them having not used the most out of their beauty, and in the final section the speaker uses passion to talk about their wants to use the time they have to fulfill their desired needs. There have been many ways that the male has tries to get his mistress to join with him, and the way that is has been told is not accepted as a great thing to do, although it can be said that his methods used are clever and persuasive. Throughout most of history, women have been lead by men. This poem deals with man and their sexual freedoms, with leaving lower class women to carry the consequences of what is going on. Lower class women were thought of to be more vulnerable than the upper class females. The person's class makes the difference between a worse off girl (lower class) ...read more.

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These men have gone to big measures so that they can get the pleasure from the women that they want. But, the methods and actions used by these two men were very different from each other and are not similar in any way. Andrew Marvell in 'To his Coy Mistress' uses a rather subtle argument for his male role to get his partner into bed with him. If he wants the argument to be persuasive and sound more subtle then a good use of language needs to be used. For example, when Marvell goes from a tone of complaint to that of joy; Had we but world enough, and time, This coyness, lady, were no crime. We would sit down, and think which way To walk, and pass our long love's day. Also, we can see the use of alliteration here with the letter 'W' in line 3, and again with 'L' in line 4. There is also the use of rhyme in these four lines, and throughout the whole of the poem Marvell uses rhyming couplets. In The Beggar Woman, King also uses a large amount of alliteration and rhyming couplets. If we look at lines 18 and 19 of 'The Beggar Woman', and we can see that some of the words start with the letters 'T' and 'S' to show the use of alliteration, and we can also see a use of rhyme; "Thither they come, and both the horse secure; Then thinks the squire, I have the matter sure." Another poetic device that both Marvell and King use, are similes. In line 35 of 'The Beggar Woman' we read "Upon her generous friend, and, like a cross . . ." This is King comparing the situation in hand to that of a cross. Marvell, in line 38, we see "like am'rous birds of prey". This is where the beggar woman is referred to as a bird of prey, with the gentleman being the victim. ...read more.

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