'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. McAuley presents the setting for the seduction of the girl as harsh through use of language and imagery. The setting is described using phrases such as 'far from the blind windows of the tower blocks'. The words 'tower blocks' gives the setting a threatening atmosphere. Also the words 'blind windows' adds mystery to the setting. This is because the two words are contrasting. The word 'blind' is usually associated with visionless.
Jenny Hodgson 11A What variety have you found in the love poetry studied? All of the love poetry I have studied offers the reader a different perspective on love, from true love in the Shakespearean sonnet 'Let me Not' to meaningless sex in 'The Seduction' by Eileen McAuley. The poems 'The Flea' by John Donne, 'To His Mistress Going To Bed' by John Donne and 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell are all light-hearted and quite playful poems. All three of these poems have a rhyming pattern. This makes the tones of the poems seem less serious and adds a fast pace when you are reading them. 'The Flea' is all about a man trying to get a woman to sleep with him. He is saying that their blood is already mixed in the flea that bit them, so she may as well sleep with him. It is very tongue-in-cheek and uses a lot of hyperbole (exaggeration for affect). For example the lines: 'Oh stay, three lives in one flea spare, Where wee almost, yea more that maryed are, This flea is you and I' are very exaggerated because they are not just as serious as being married just because their blood is mixed in the flea and if she kills the flea (which she wants to do), she will not take three lives (him, her and the flea).
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