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The Seduction Eileen McAuley To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell Eileen

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The Seduction Eileen McAuley To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell Eileen
McAuley’s The Seduction is set against the bleak surroundings of Merseyside.

‘The Seduction’ Eileen McAuley

‘To His Coy Mistress’ Andrew Marvell

Eileen McAuley’s ‘The Seduction’ is set against the bleak surroundings of Merseyside. The purpose of the story is to show a teenage girl’s predicament after getting drunk at a party. The poet contrasts the girl’s ideas of love and sex with reality. This is done effectively by using techniques such as similes and alliteration. The poem shows how young teenage girls can be easily seduced under the influence of alcohol. ‘The Seduction’ also shows how young girls can be manipulated by the media.

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This line shows us how she has lost her innocence and is no longer pure. Another event that is linked to innocence is when the girl rips up all her magazines ‘until they were just bright paper, like confetti strewn on the carpet’.
Confetti is something that is usually used in weddings. McAuley cleverly uses the word ‘confetti’ to show the destruction of the girls’ innocence purity and romantic illusions.

There are many contrasts in the poem ‘The Seduction’. A major contrast is the difference between the girl’s past views on romance and her future. The girl views of romance are naive before her seduction. ‘She stifled a giggle, reminder of numerous stories from teenage magazines’. By using the word ‘giggle’ McAuley shows that girls’ views are childish. McAuley also shows that the girl is very keen on the teenage magazines by using the word ‘numerous’. This is because it shows that the girl has paid close attention to the magazines, also that she possibly collects them because she has read many of them.
McAuley contrasts the girl’s naive views with the girls’ imminent future. McAuley presents the future of the girl as bleak by revealing what the girl will miss. ‘Where you walk hand’ in hand in an acne’d wonderland’. This line describes childhood and teenage life. It shows how the girl is going to miss important parts of her childhood.

Another poem concerned with sexual attraction is Andrew Marvell’s ‘To
His Coy Mistress
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