Compare And Contrast Cousin Kate And The Seduction Essay

Essay Analysis of Cousin Kate by Christina Rossetti

3933 Words16 Pages

Analysis of Cousin Kate by Christina Rossetti

'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti describes a cottage maiden who was seduced and used by the lord of the estate for which she worked. She was surprised and taken a back by the fact that someone so great and powerful could be slightly interested in her, and so she automatically fell in love with him. It wasn't until after he had slept with her that he left her for her cousin, Kate. The cottage maiden was devastated that he had done that to her. She felt unclean and unwanted. The lord asked for Kate's hand in marriage and she accepted.
The cottage maid thought that he married Kate because she was innocent and pure, 'Because you were so good and pure/He bound you with his ring' -…show more content…

Men would then look down on you in disgust, as would friends and family. The poem demonstrates how a man can love a woman, then throw her away and move onto another as he pleases, and because he was a Lord the cottage maiden could not say a thing. This brings into light the difference between higher and lower class people. If the cottage maiden had said anything, people would not believe her and turn a blind eye to her and to her accusations. According to the maiden, Kate's love was not real. 'O cousin Kate my love was true, your love was writ in sand'.
This tells us that Kate's love was going to disappear and was only a temporary emotion which was later just blown away like writing in the sand, whilst the maiden's love was real. The maiden may just be saying this for revenge against Cousin Kate to try and make herself feel better but we do not know. The Lord's love towards the maiden was not real, 'His plaything and his love'. 'Plaything' and 'love' are two very different contrasts with each other. Did he really love her for a while or was it all just a game to him? He used her and made her believe that he liked her then left her for Kate.

The maiden was infatuated by the Lord and fell in love with him instantly. He used this, his power and his wealth against the maiden.
The Lord casts off the female once he meets Kate, who is 'fairer' than the narrator. This shows that males do not always get emotionally involved in

Show More

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

789 Words4 Pages

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

Show More

0 thoughts on “Compare And Contrast Cousin Kate And The Seduction Essay”


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *