Comparison of The Seduction by Eileen McAuley and Cousin Kate by Christina Rossetti

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Comparison of The Seduction by Eileen McAuley and Cousin Kate by Christina Rossetti I will be analyzing the two poems, "Cousin Kate," by Christina Rossetti, and, "The Seduction," by Eileen McAuley. Both of these poems share the same theme. The two poems are both based on betrayed love but they each deal with a different aspect. "Cousin Kate," is set in the eighteenth century but was written in the nineteenth century. It was set in Victorian eras which in those days' high moral values were a tradition to society. "Cousin Kate" deals with social standings. People are still judged by class now although it was much more important in the eighteenth century. In the eighteenth century sex before marriage was greatly looked down upon, it was a sin of the bible. It was always a lot easier for women in those days to get caught with having sex before marriage; this is because they obviously get pregnant. It is the tale of a poor "cottage maiden" who gets found out by a wealthy lord, who has loads of power over people, I feel I know this because towards the end of the poem it says "coronet" which symbolizes power. She then falls in love with him from all the wooing and love he gave then he left, and she has his child, before being dropped the lord moves onto "Cousin Kate." who seems like she is more of upper class than the maid is. The poem is set out as the maiden telling us the story of how she was used and how he exchanged her for another woman. A good line that describes the story this is, "…He wore me like a silken knot, he changed me like a glove." This tells us that he felt he could use her like an item of clothing and discard her ... ... middle of paper ... ... interesting. I prefer phrases such as "his plaything and his love" and "he wore me like a silken knot" to his "eyes as blue as iodine" and "green as a septic wound". On the other hand, I think the symbolism used in 'The Seduction' is very effective, i.e. the confetti and the high white shoes. I feel that the main reason I prefer 'The Seduction' is it's easier to relate to for my age group. It is very hard to imagine what it would be like to be singled out by a great lord and then to be left for her cousin and having the lords baby on the way. I find it much easier to relate to 'The Seduction' as It could be easier to understand how it must feel to have a 'one night stand' and then become pregnant as I myself am a teenage, the other poem is written by a women who left by a lord and to modern day that wouldn't happen.

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