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Compare and Contrast the way the poets(TM) present the relationship between men and women in The Beggar Woman(TM) and To His Coy Mistress(TM)

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Compare and Contrast the way the poets' present the relationship between men and women in 'The Beggar Woman' and 'To His Coy Mistress' Harry Bedford In this essay I am going to be comparing and contrasting the style of which William King and Andrew Marvel present the relationships between the gentlemen and mistresses in the poems 'The Beggar Woman' and 'To His Coy Mistress' In both poems, the gentlemen are trying to persuade the mistresses to have s*x with them; this makes the poems seductive poems. The difference in both poems is the status of the woman. In 'To His Coy Mistress' she is in the same class as he so it would prove harder for him to seduce her. Whereas in 'The Beggar Woman', the woman is of a lower class which may mean she would be easier to persuade as she is more eager. The structure of 'To His Coy Mistress' is 'octosyllabolic' which means that each line only has eight syllables. The theme of 'To His Coy Mistress' is introduced early on in the poem as it says 'Had we but world enough, and time' which shows the reader that time is an important virtue of this poem and is shown throughout. This links in very well to the other theme of Carpe Diem (seize the day). 'To His Coy Mistress' is split up into three sections, through the stanzas. ...read more.


The end of this first stanza the speaker introduces a monetary metaphor, "Nor would I love at lower rate." This could be compared to an interest rate at a bank for lending money and that this is all the least he can do. He's metaphorically paying for what he wants. The pace in the poem increases as the verb "hurrying" introduces anxiety. "Time's winged chariot hurrying near" the "winged chariot hurrying" could be symbolic for the fact they might be rushing towards death, so they should "seize the day", linking to the theme once again. He now talks about their relationship if they were to be barren and have no children, 'Desert of vast eternity.' Deserts are hot and barren, so this could be a link to the denial of life, love and s****l activity. This would show the fact that they would not be having s****l intercourse, which would be very dull just like their relationship would be. This is different to the previous imagery of his 'vegetable love', as this would need a very moist atmosphere to grow, so there would be no 'vegetable love' found here. He is also linking back to the fact if she leaves it too long she will be barren. The speaker becomes more desperate in the next section and begins to warn and threaten the woman. The speaker repeats the sombre tone again whilst using another reference to the bible, 'into ashes all my l**t.' ...read more.


This also shows that she may be of a low status. However the lady seems very cunning and rather cleaver to think of such a plan to fool a gentleman of a higher status. Both gentlemen use persuasion to try and get the mistress to make love to them. However they do this by using very different strategies. In 'To his Coy Mistress' the gentleman tries to persuade her through three stages, which correspond to the three stanzas. He uses different methods of and techniques in each one of these stanzas whereas in 'The Beggar Woman' the gentleman uses a lot of euphemisms similes and flattery throughout the poem. King's style of writing is also different to Marvell's due to this fact. King shows a lot of speed in 'The Beggar Woman', 'With speed' which make the words more emphasised to the reader. The general idea of both poems is to entertain the reader. However they both do this in very different ways, as 'The Beggar Woman' has a moral twist and 'To His Coy Mistress' is a purely entertaining light hearted poem. The effect of both poems on the reader is that it makes them understand how life was in the 17th century and how women could be treated in such a way just because of their status. In my opinion there are many similarities and yet many differences between the two poems. 'To His Coy Mistress' has been written very hyperbolically by Marvell, which to today's society makes it seem very desperate. However, King uses more euphemism to persuade the Mistress and does so in a much more basic way. ...read more.

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