Essay on Ruined Maid and To His Coy Mistress

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Ruined Maid and To His Coy Mistress Both the “Ruined Maid” and “To His Coy Mistress” provide us with disturbing images / pictures of love, sex and relationships as I am about to explain. The “Ruined Maid” was written by Thomas Hardy in 1866, during the time when women didn’t have sex before marriage and they were thrown out of their village for being “ruined”. The public at that point in history had a very strict view of sex and marriage. They thought that women in particular should never have sex before marriage and they should have everything taken off them for being “ruined”. They were looked upon as a disgrace to society. The “Ruined Maid” provides us with disturbing images and pictures of love and relationships…show more content…
The poem is about poverty and purity, this meant that women should save sex until marriage because then they’d know that they’ve found the right person for them. The actual poem is written in a Ballard style and it’s conversational because of the dialog between Melia and the other woman. The poem has a rhyming couplet scheme that goes AA, BB, and CC, also the beat to each line is four beats per line. The poem also consists of enjambment within the verses e.g. “You used to call home-life a hag-ridden dream … ‘True. One’s pretty lively when ruined,’ she said.” “To Her Coy Mistress” was written by Andrew Marvell during the steward period were sex was more relaxed. The main theme of the poem is sex and carpe dime. The poem is set out into three verses; 1.-If, 2. - But and 3. - However. This poem is all about time and if we had time this and that could happen. The disturbing pictures or images of the love and relationships are thought the poem. The “coy mistress” is actually a prostitute, because the man who is going to have sex with her says “For, lady, you deserve this state, Nor would I love lower at this rate.” This statement taken from the poem meant the respect that was given to the lady was enough even though she may not think so, also this sentence uses a metaphor because he’s practically saying that he’s paying for what he wants, even if that includes sex.
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