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William Kings The Beggar Woman and To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell are both poems written in the 17th century. The Beggar Woman is a narrative poem and To His Coy Mistress a three pronged argument

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A Comparison of 'The Beggar Woman' by William King and 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell William King's 'The Beggar Woman' and 'To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell are both poems written in the 17th century. 'The Beggar Woman' is a narrative poem and 'To His Coy Mistress' a three pronged argument and both have similar morals to their stories. Both of the stories are about gentlemen who want to have sex with other women but they try to court the women in different ways, because of class. Neither gentleman are suggesting a relationship or commitment. Both the poems were written in the 17th century when society was very different to how it is today; women had no rights, status or independence. ...read more.

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In 'The Beggar Woman' the gentleman thinks he can use his higher status to make the woman have sex with him because she is a beggar woman and poor. However the beggar woman is intelligent and does not let this happen. The relationship in both poems are based on sex, however they are slightly different because of the class of the women. In 'To His Coy Mistress' the relationship is a traditional man seducing a reluctant woman, where as in 'The Beggar Woman' the relationship is based on control over the situation wit, no love or respect. She is regarded as an animal and is compared to one 'game'. ...read more.

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The poem is written in three different parts, the first part acknowledging the woman's point of view, the second arguing against it and then finally summing up what he has said. 'To His Coy Mistress' starts off with a hyperbole, gross exaggeration before it gets more serious, cruel and vulgar as he says that she will be eaten by worms. Where as in 'The Beggar Woman' the poem is not serious, regular rhythm affects this and the dialogue in the poem is light hearted. The audience for the poem would have been wealthy gentleman, who would find these poems very humorous and not take the moral of consequences into account because this is what many wealthy gentleman would have done for fun and their desires. Josh Hartley 10 I ...read more.

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