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"Seduction" and "Cousin Kate" comparing and contrasting themes of love and naivety, betrayal and different facets of love.

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Introduction I will be comparing and contrasting themes of love and naivety, betrayal and different facets of love in the poem, society's reaction to unplanned pregnancy or Relationships and sex outside of marriage and also themes of lust. Love takes on different forms, for example; it can be lust, motherhood or affection. The protagonists in both the poems are women; both women are lead away from reality and seem to be quite anti-men, because both the women portray the men in a bad light. Not only do they portray the men in a bad light but they also blame them for their circumstances and their downfall. The common theme is that both women are treated badly and are exploited by the men. The contrast is the differences between the attitudes of the Victorian girls and the attitudes of the modern girls in the 20th century. Despite the fact there is a century and half between the two poems the strongest contrast is that both poets have chosen a timeless theme which the readers can relate to no matter what time period it is. Also there are several other contrasts for example; the man in 'cousin Kate is upper class, whereas the man in 'seduction' is working class, the theme of betrayal; the girl in 'seduction' is not only betrayed by the man but also by the glossy magazines, the girl in 'cousin Kate' tries to explain the concept of feminism to her cousin but is less than successful, she is betrayed by her own family when 'Kate' chooses the 'great lord' over herself. ...read more.

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This poetic technique of repetition further emphasises her rueful and confusion at why he chose her to 'fill her heart with care'. Perhaps she is searching her conscience in despair. The alternative rhyme scheme in the first stanza with words such as 'air' and 'fair', 'hair' and 'care' this gives the adds to the poem and gives it a pace and a beat. By the end of the first stanza the downfall has begun, from being 'content' to having her 'heart filled with care'. Stanza two The word 'lure' creates the image of predator and pray. "He lured me to his palace home" also this may indicate that the 'great lord' knew what his intentions were and only had one thing in mind and was only out to exploit and take advantage of his pray. "To lead a shameless shameful life", the poet not only uses an oxymoron but also uses alliteration to emphasise the shame with the use of the letter's'. "His plaything and his love", this line immediantly creates the image of a child playing with a toy, which also maybe symbolic of the 'great lord' playing with the cottage maiden, and as soon as she has been 'broken' he discards her as some sort of dirty clothing which can not be used anymore, therefore as soon as he ditches her, the maiden soon realises why he chose her, and then leads her to the truth and uncovers his true intentions as well as she soon realises he has another reason. ...read more.

Conclusion

The maiden tries to explain the concept of feminism to her cousin, Kate but she is too greedy to comprehend. Not only is feminism stated here but also betrayal in both the women and the 'Great Lord'. Stanza 6 "Yet I have a gift you have not got, and seem not like to get" here the maiden has a bit of a wry-smile and although it might be a sombre event, the maiden shares no sympathy and thinks that both the 'Great Lord' and her 'cousin Kate' receive their comeuppance for the mistreatment towards her. "For all your clothes and wedding-ring, I've little doubt you fret" the maiden values her child more than anything money can buy, although the 'Great Lord' has the perfect life style and all the money in the world all he really wants is a child and can never get one with his beloved wife Kate however much money he has, whereas the maiden is poor and unpopular but she is "content" with the love of her child. "My fair-haired son, my shame, my pride, cling closer, closer yet" the words 'shame' and 'pride' are a juxtaposition which emphasises her rueful, although she maybe ashamed of her past which her son reminds her of Every time she looks into his face but she does not regret having her son which gives her "pride". "Your father would pay lands for one to wear his coronet", by these to lines we assume that the father does not know that he has a child but if he did he would probably do anything and everything possible to get his hands on him to "wear his coronet". ...read more.

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