• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The poems "the seduction" and "cousin Kate".

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The poems "the seduction" and "cousin Kate" that I will explore both show how women are conveyed as objects to be taken advantage of by men. The poems also talk about pregnancies, how both women were used for sex and then were left pregnant with a broken heart. Both women had to cope with the pain that they had made a mistake and had been deceived by the opposite sex. In both poems the man has been revealed to be manipulative and dominant, taking advantage of the women's position. For example in the poem "The Seduction" he gets the young female intoxicated (drunk) and then took advantage of the situation. The poet Eileen McAuley wrote the poem "Cousin Kate" and Christina Rosseti wrote "The Seduction". With this essay I will be showing how both poems are similar and also acknowledging the differences between them both. I will also like to convey my understanding, thoughts and feelings about these poems to the reader of this essay. Both poems were set in separate times. The poems emphasise at different points throughout the poem that they were set in different time spans. The poem cousin Kate was shown to be in the times of the 19th century. Christina lived in the time of the Victorians. ...read more.

Middle

"Cousin Kate" was based in the Victorian times. She lived as a maiden girl through out her life, the poem was written through her eyes. The young girl was fine with her perfect world were no one could harm her. "To fill my heart with care?" This also shows that she hadn't loved before, she was inexperienced until this lord came and shown her a new life. In this poem were its set doesn't make the same impact as "The Seduction". It emphasises more on the time in where it was set (Victorian times) then what story the poem tells. This is a big difference with the poems. With "The Seduction" when the reader thinks of the scene in which it was set it helps you live in the young females life, it helps convey her pain and her vulnerability. "Cousin Kate" doesn't comment on the scenery in that greater detail making the reader concentrate on her repetitive life. In this case I prefer the Eileen McAuley's method, as it is more effective in a number of ways. There were also other poetic devices that played a significant role in both poems. One of these devices was Similes. The Similes were used in both poems but in a different manner, even though they were both used in diverse ways they were used in captivating way. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is a significant differentiation between both poems. In "Cousin Kate" she didn't have anything to corrupt her mind akin to "The Seduction". I took pleasure in reading such excellent poems as these. I believe that the poems were a morsel biased towards the males. This could be because the poets were both females and used personal experiences. I was intrigued by the way the poems were structured and how they were so similar yet extraordinarily diverse. Even though I have read both poems on a number of occasions when I read it yet again I perceive things that I didn't the previous times I read them. I don't have a preference of the two poems. They both have good and bad points to them both. "Cousin Kate" is short and tells a good story, I enjoy reading it out and it has a certain taste to it. "Cousin Kate" has bitterness, jealousy, and anger that made the poem even more appealing. Although a countless amount of people might not be able to comprehend the meanings of some of the lines. "The seduction" has a more modern language involved. It is easier for people to understand yet still powerful. It has a substantial amount of imagery that I enjoyed. It related top modern day life and what still goes on theses days. Michael Emezie 10J ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Pre and Post 1914 Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Pre and Post 1914 Comparison essays

  1. GCSE English Essay - I am not that woman and still I Rise comparison

    She ends the stanza by saying "Still I'll rise". In this last phrase she has included the tile of the poem and repeated the fact she will not be beaten. The next stanza starts of by asking two questions again. This technique of asking questions was used in the second stanza too.

  2. Essay Question: Discuss both poets of murder, revenge and violence in Salome by Carol ...

    As the poem is read by the reader, it seems to the reader that Salome wants to change her attitude and lifestyle. The impact of the words "Never again!" on the reader is that the reader believes she is regretful for what she has done.

  1. Compare Cousin Kate and The Seduction.

    'He lured me to his palace home- Woes me for joy thereof-.' Many of the words are old fashioned and are no longer used, "Flaxen" hair and "mean estate" are examples of such words. The language also helps to create and reflect how the girls are viewed by society.

  2. Compare and contrast, with close textual reference, 'Cousin Kate' by Rossetti and 'The Seduction' ...

    Secondly, just two lines later, writes Rossetti, "His plaything and his love." This implies that he was just using her as his little toy, just for pleasure. He had no real feelings for her whatsoever. This is not a statement of a woman who is proud what she has done.

  1. How do Rossetti and Angelou portray oppression in their poems, "Cousin Kate" and "Still ...

    Rossetti also uses wealth in her imagery although not in the way Angelou does. She never says anything with the blunt meaning of money but more of the idea of pretty possessions, the idea that because the lord had so much wealth he could adorn himself with all manner of

  2. Compare and contrast the two poems "Cousin Kate" by Christina Rossetti and "The Seduction" ...

    He uses her for one thing, and once he gets that, he no longer wants her, I know this because in the third stanza it says "He wore me like a silken knot, He changed me like a glove". The use of the first person narrative works well in this poem.

  1. How is love presented in Victorian Love Poetry

    In "How Do I Love Thee?" the overall tone is dignified and intimate. Browning creates this tone by stating all the positive ways in which she loves someone. "I love thee...freely...purely...with the passion put to use..." Freely, purely and passion are all positives in a relationship, so she is using them to display the positivity to her love.

  2. war poems comparison

    flying shells at each turn as they were constantly being attacked by the enemy. This is called anaphora, in which the same word is repeated at the beginning of several consecutive lines. In verse five every soldier is described as a "hero".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work