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Pre - 1914 Poetry

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G.C.S.E. English Literature Pre - 1914 Poetry I have chosen to study two poems closely; these are "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Beggar-woman". Both of these poems deal with sexual relationships between and a man and a woman. Andrew Marvell wrote "To His Coy Mistress" in the 17th century. It is a long poem with three verses, which create three different parts of the poem. In section one (verse one) he seduces her saying he would take years to admire her, for example, "A thousand years should go to praise", this is indicating he will take their relationship slowly and love her. In section two (verse two) he starts to scare her creating an evil imagery using words like "eternity", "turn to dust" and "grave". He is telling her time is running out for them and they should have sex now and not wait. The last section (verse three) he starts to hurry her up, and uses violent imagery like "birds of pray", this is used to scare her into sleeping with him but he also carries on persuading her to sleep with him like in section two. ...read more.

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so he starts by saying how beautiful she is and flattering her always exaggerating things, then he scares her saying death will take her virginity exaggerating it will all and trying to hurry her again, exaggerating everything, this makes the whole poem a hyperbole. There is a small amount of alliteration like on line 31, "private place", but there is not enough to say the poem has defiantly put these in for exaggeration. One of my favourite parts of the poem is line 10, "Till the conversion of the Jews?" He is saying he will love her until the Jewish religion converts to Christianity; this is exaggerated because Jews will never convert to Christianity so he will live her forever. "The Beggar-Women", was also written in the 17th Century by William King. This can be linked to "To His Coy Mistress", as both have a man trying to seduce a woman and try to get a woman into bed. This is also a long poem with four verses. ...read more.

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At the very end it is also humorous and witty because she tricks him into having the baby and runs away. Also in "The Beggar-Woman" there is old-fashioned language, an example of this is "quoth", this word in modern English means "says". Some of the syntax is unusual in the poem as the poet sometimes changes the word order to create a rhyme. A good example of this is "Them mounts the infant with a gentle toss upon her generous friend, and, like a cross". It is just a technique to get "toss" and "cross" to rhyme at the end of each line. My favourite part of "His Coy Mistress", is lines 13-16, he is on about gazing at her and praising each part of her body for an amount of time humans could not live for, trying to prove his affection for her. Out of the two poems I liked "The Beggar-woman" more, because its turns the pot on its head when she ties the baby to the man and runs away, all through the poem it looks as if the man is going to get what he wants but in the end the woman does. ...read more.

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