Compare and Contrast the Poems 'To His Coy Mistress' By Andrew Marvell and 'The Seduction' By Eileen McAuley

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Compare and Contrast the Poems

‘To His Coy Mistress’

By Andrew Marvell and

‘The Seduction’

By Eileen McAuley

In the two poems there were similarities I found whilst analysing them. I found that they were both about love, they were split into sections and they are both about seduction.

There are also differences in the poems; ‘To His Coy Mistress’ was set over three hundred years ago, whereas ‘The Seduction’ was set thirty years ago in Merseyside. Also they are set over different lengths of time because ‘To His Coy Mistress’ is one day and ‘The Seduction’ is around eight months.

To start in ‘To His Coy Mistress’ a young woman, is the object of this older gentleman's eye. She could be a flirt, one who uses arts to gain the respect and the affections of men, merely for the satisfaction of pride. At any speed, it was more the rule in the 17th century for a pretty woman when she found herself interacting with an available man, to display shyness or unwillingness, at least for the first little while. 

The beginning of ‘The Seduction’ is totally different because Eileen McAuley begins by looking back or being retrospective from the middle at why she is in this situation. It all began at a party were she went to and met a boy. The girl was wearing her lucky white high-heeled shoes and thought they were working, seems as she met this boy.

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This part they are non-judgemental about each other and after the party he took her down to the ‘Old Docks’ which were disused and quoted as ‘Blind’ because there was nobody watching as the buildings were boarded up and deserted.

This poem is very male dominated and it shows by the way the boy made the girl drunk by drinking vodka to seduce her and have sex, but she also drank the vodka like water to impress him so I feel it’s partly her fault.

He only uses her for sex because he doesn’t care about her anymore, when he ...

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