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…show more content…
"The Seduction" is written by Eileen McAuley, it was writ in the twentieth century around 1980's. In those years the ruling minister was Margaret Thatcher, this women had very conventional high values in home and in society. At the time of her reign she tried to return society back to a Victorian setting of family values, and so that humanity would not be as judgmental as it is today. "The Seduction," is also a poem about a male taking advantage of a girl although this is a boy not a man, but it is very different. Whereas in "Cousin Kate" he attracts her by his wealth and treating her well, this is not the case in "The Seduction." As the title suggests the poem is about a seduction but not in the normal manner you'd expect. There is no romance or romantic settings. In fact, the poet almost tries to make it feel dirty with such lines as, "…Towards the frightening scum on the water." Also the poet tries to give the effect of the boy being a rough, unfriendly character. The poet does this in several ways. She describes him, "…leather jacket creaking madly…" and, "…he spat in to the

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