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To his coy mistress and Cousin Kate Andrew Marvell was a poet he was born in Yorkshire in the 17th century. He was a member of the metaphysical poets. Christina Rosseti was born in London on December 5th 1830. She was labeled a poet in the 19th century and was part of the pre-Raphelite Brotherhood. The tradition that 'to his coy mistress' belongs to is of a carpe diem poem. The serious subject in this poem is we do not have forever. Cousin Kate is a poem about Love and relationship it is also an attack on Victorians attitude to women. To his coy mistress The narrator of this poem is the man who is trying to persuade his mistress to get into bed with him. The word 'Coy' implies her shyness and sensitivity. The first stacge of hhis argument 'Had we' is saying had we enough time the second 'but' is saying we do not have enough time and the third 'now therefore' is saying lets make love as otherwise our time will run out. Stanza 1 In the first stanza the narrator attacks his mistress for her coyness by saying 'had we but world enough time, this coyness lady were no crime' he is saying that her being shy is a crime as they are not going to live forever and therefore should not be so shy. In the first stanza he quotes 'my vegetable love should grow' this is an example of metaphysical conceit, he is saying that there is nothing wrong with sex its healthy and natural just like a vegetable. ...read more.


Marvell makes the point about time and the brevity of human happiness very well. Cousin Kate I now intend to discuss 'Cousin Kate' I will compare this poem to 'his coy mistress'. This poem is a ballad. In the poem, we hear a voice of a woman who's husband has betrayed her for her cousin. In Victorian society the narrator of the poem was a 'fallen women' a fallen woman is someone who has lost her reputation by having an illegitimate child it is a coincidence that Rosseti was a volunteer at one of these. The main theme of this poem is relationship and betrayal. Before the narrator was seduced she was a 'cottage maiden' and 'fair' and a very traditional woman. The lord seduced her by having a palace 'he lured me to his palace home' he also seduced her with love. The word lured means baited towards something so the narrator is treating her as a bit of meat. The narrators tone or attitude in lines 5-8 are why did he have to find me to fill my heart with care why me i.e she is full of regret. Stanza 2 In stanza 2 the author uses a paradox 'to lead a shameless shameful life' This brings up mixed feelings as she feels she hasn't done anything wrong but she feels ashamed as now she is a fallen woman and has been labeled by society and does not get the respect she deserves. ...read more.


We gather from the information given to us that the narrator does not like Cousin Kate as if it was not for her she would still be pure and she feels she has been betrayed and cheated on by Cousin Kate. In stanza 4 of Cousin Kate Rosseti uses imagery of a bird 'you had the stronger wing' this means that she was more stronger richer and stable than the narrator. I think that the first message comes along more strongly to me as you do not have forever in your life to achieve and accomplish tasks as in Cousin Kate you can move on from one man and if you do not make love before you die you cannot go back and change that. These two poems give us the impression that all men are after sex and the most beautiful women they can get as in his coy mistress he spends the whole poem talking about how much he wants her to make love with him and in Cousin Kate he married the Narrator thinking she was the most prettiest then she saw her cousin who was more beautiful and then went out with her. I think I like Cousin Kate more than his Coy mistress as in Cousin Kate there is more than one audience as in his coy mistress it drags on speaking to the same audience but in Cousin Kate it makes you want to read on as there are more audiences. Therefore I think that I prefer Cousin Kate ?? ?? ?? ?? To his coy mistress and Cousin Kate By Evan Stranaghan ...read more.

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