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the beggar women and the seduction

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Both the beggar woman and the seduction deal with attitudes towards women and love, and the relationship between the sexes. In this essay I am going to explore these ideas and look at the similarities of the two poems although they were written over 100 years apart. The beggar woman was written in the 17th century by William king, and Eileen McAuley wrote the seduction in the 1980's. The beggar woman is a poem about a man who goes hunting and comes across a beggar woman who he finds attractive, he then asks the beggar woman into the woods with him, she agrees but instead of having sex with him she leaves him with her baby to look after to teach him a lesson. The seduction is about a girl who goes to a party and falls in love with a boy, he takes her down to the docks where he gets her drunk to have sex with her, as a result of this she gets pregnant. ...read more.


In the beggar woman the female is portrayed as weak at the beginning of the poem just like the girl in the seduction although, the female character in the beggar woman becomes powerful towards the end of the poem unlike the female in the seduction as you can see from this quote "And she ripped up all her My Guy and her Jackie photo-comics Until they were just bright paper, like confetti," This shows that the girl is still the weaker sex as she is hiding behind dreams of weddings and romance even when she finds she is pregnant it's as if she is trying to forget she's pregnant and go back to being a little girl dreaming of romance. The female in the beggar woman seems similar to the girl in the seduction but as she becomes powerful near the end of the poem you see that she is different to the girl in the seduction because, she knows what she is doing and shows that she has knowledge of how the world works and doesn't hide dreams of a young girl. ...read more.


The seduction is also biased towards the female because all the feeling of the girl are shown in her actions where as after the pivotal point in the poem the boy isn't mentioned, also the boy is made to look bad by his comment on the girl where he calls her a 'little slag' and how he gets her drunk to have sex with her. Both the beggar woman and the seduction are narrative poems. This means that they tell a story, this makes them more entertaining so people will read them. The beggar woman has rhyming couplets making a comic style, which adds impact when the moral of the story becomes apparent at the pivotal point in the poem. The seduction is written in four line verses with the second and fourth lines rhyming, the rhyme scheme for the seduction is ABCB this is a ballad rhyme scheme. The seduction is story like, making it easy to read also the fact that it follows a chronological sequence through the girls' life making it easy to read. ...read more.

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