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

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Compare and contrast Cousin Kate by Christina Rossetti with The Seduction by Eileen McAuley Comparison of Cousin Kate by Christina Rossetti and The Seduction by Eileen McAuley For this essay I have been asked to compare two poems. One from the era of pre twentieth century and one from the twentieth century. The poem from pre twentieth century I am writing about is ‘Cousin Kate’ by Christina Rossetti. The poem from the twentieth century will be ‘The Seduction’ by Eileen McAuley. These two poems have many similarities, but they also have many differences. It is pretty obvious that both these poets have different writing techniques, obviously because they were written in different eras. These two poems which I will be…show more content…
In the next line we learn a lot about the narrator that she is a beautiful young women but she doesn’t realize it we also learn she is naïve. “Not mindful I was fair” The word ‘mindful’ implies that she is naïve and that she doesn’t even realize how beautiful she really is. “Why did a great lord find me out and praise my flaxen hair? The tone in this line is bitter and reproachful; the rhetorical question conveys her recrimination and regret. Almost that she is wailing with woe. “Why did a great lord fine me out to fill my heart with care?” There is also another rhetorical question here which implies that she is searching her conscious, “why did a great lore find me out” this line is repeated twice in the first eight lines and is what we call repetition which emphasizes her regret. Alternate rhyme is also used in the first eight lines “air”, “fair”, “Hair” and care”. “He lured me to his palace home – Woe’s me for joy thereof” There is a very emotive word in this one line this word is ‘Lured’ it implies that he exploited her like to advantage of her like the girl was exploited by the magazine editors in the seduction, it also implies his predatory nature. Exploitation is also a theme of this poem and ironically is also a theme of ‘The Seduction’ the theme exploitation implies that both women in both poems were exploited by society. In ‘The Seduction’ teenagers were leaded to believe it was normal to lose there chastity at a certain

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