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Write about the way men are portrayed in three or four poems in 'Hearts and Partners'

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Write about the way men are portrayed in three or four poems in 'Hearts and Partners' The writers of the poems, To His Coy Mistress, Our Love Now, Rapunzstiltskin and The Beggar Woman are critical of men and present them in a highly negative way. Both King and Lochhead have created males who are really only interested in sex. Neither character appears to have any respect or love for the woman in the poem. The 'Prince' in Rapunzstiltskin makes no attempt to rescue the woman, preferring to keep her conveniently locked up in the tower which he can enter at his convenience/. "...he was shimmying in & out every other day as though he owned the place..." He even goes as far as to bring her sex manuals, presumably for his own benefit! He deliberately delays rescuing her, as this would put an end to his supply of sex on tap. "...from which she was meant, eventually, to weave the means of her own escape." In The Beggar Woman, the man here shows no plan of committing to the lady. This shows he is using her only for sex. ...read more.


" I would Love you ten years before the flood..." Although he seems to be using maybe wrong ways to try and convince his partner to have sex with him, it seems as though he does actually love her and would still stay with her if she said no to his argument. In Our Love Now, the male is similar to both Lochhead's or King's for the reason that he doesn't seem to want to commit to his partner as he probably cheated on her, but we can also compare him to Marvell's male character as he is trying to make up for what he did. To say that the man in each poem is selfish would be true for some, but not for all. In The Beggar Woman, the male is obviously selfish as he tries every way to have sex with the lady, making it seem as he is doing it so as not to inconvenience her. "...I should be loth To come so far and disoblige you both: Were the child tied to me, d'ye think 'twould do?" Neither does the man take responsibility for his actions. ...read more.


However, it is clearly the opposite to To His Coy Mistress in Rapunzstiltskin as the woman is locked in the tower and the man is using her. This is similar to The Beggar Woman, but Rapunzle doesn't gain power at the end. Instead, the man aggravates her with his clich�s, causing her to kill herself, therefore neither man nor woman has the upper hand. The man is portrayed as stupid throughout, being the typical macho male with no brains, just good looks. The readers think King's male as being selfish and only interested in sex, which is true and thus don't like him. The same goes for the 'Prince' in Rapunzstiltskin. Lowery's male is disliked because he has probably cheated on his partner and is now begging for forgiveness. Again saved by his love for his partner, the male in To His Coy Mistress isn't disliked as much as the other males, but the readers don't like him because of the tactics and violent imagery he uses to try and scare his partner into having sex. In conclusion, it is safe to say that there is an exception to the rule of the men being selfish, stupid and afraid of commitment coming from each poem. Also, this isn't a biased argument by woman against men as three of the writers of the poems are males. ...read more.

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