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To His Coy Mistress, Sonnet XVIII,La Belle Dame Sans Merci. How do the poets present different attitudes to women in each poem?

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How do the poets present different attitudes to women in each poem? Refer closely to language and imagery. In each of the three poems the poets show different views towards women, probably because of the time difference between the poets. They show their attitudes in the way that they write and the way women are shown in their poems. One thing they all have is an element of a love poem but not in a conventional way in any of them. 'To His Coy Mistress' seems like quite an outlandish poem with crude references to death and sex but could be seen as a funny take on things. In 'Sonnet XVIII' the poet seems to care for the woman he's talking about but at the same time it has an unconventional theme. 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' is a story written as a poem and tells the tale of a man that is entranced by an unusual woman. "Shall I compare thee...?" was written by William Shakespeare. This poem is unlike more common love poems at the time. ...read more.

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He tries to persuade his woman to give up her silly ideas about virginity and have sex with him. He tries to convince her that life is too short to wait any longer and that it would be better to do it now while they are young and beautiful. I believe that during this time period women weren't respected as much as nowadays. They were seen as simply objects to have and to cook and clean and have sex with. So a poem like this would be looked upon as comical. The writer appears to think of his woman as simply a sexual object and seems to think that of all women. If you look at the poem you can see evidence of this.On the first two lines He writes, "Had we but world enough, and time, this coyness lady were no crime." The line seems quite humorous at first, but if you look deeper into these lines you can see what he is attempting to say. He is saying that restraining herself is a criminal offence and that it is wrong. ...read more.

Conclusion

When he falls asleep, the knight has a vision of "pale kings and princes", who cry, "La Belle Dame sans Merci hath thee in thrall!" He wakes up to find himself on the same "cold hill's side" after which he continues to wait "palely loitering" because there is nothing else he can do. It seems the author is showing that women are mysterious creatures and that they can wreck your life. The author seems to respect women and realise that they can make your life like heaven but at the same time he suggests that they can wreck it and make it like hell. The language is strange and helps to give the poem a sense of mystery and magic. The fact that the title is French also helps to give this sense of mystery because when this poem was written common people had probably never been to France or heard French. All the poets show their different attitudes towards women and these aren't just because of the time the poets wrote in but also because of their own past experiences and their own ideas about women and how they should be seen and thought of. ?? ?? ?? ?? Callum Sims 10T ...read more.

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