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In this essay I will be comparing the poems Our Love Now Rapunzskiltskin To His Coy Mistress and The Beggar Woman I will look into conflict and power between men and women and how it is revealed The first poem I will look at is The Beggar Woman by William King This poem is about a gentleman in seventeenth century Britain He is out hunting one day and is separated from his group He sees a young beggar woman whom he deems attractive He then propersitions her for sex She obliges and they wander off into the nearby wood After a while they discover a suitable place However the womans child is getting in the way They try a number of positions without success so the man offers to have the baby strapped to his back The woman thinks this is a brilliant idea and quickly detaches young Bobby from her and moves him onto the gentleman She then spontaneously departs leaving the baby with the man This is so random and is impossible to anticipate suggesting that the audience doesnt expect female power The themes raised in this poem are the womans place in society and how the poet disagrees with the morals of of the situation When this poem was composed men had little respect for women generally particularly those of a lower class so to a certain extent the narrative the poem portrays could be realistic Rich gentlemen may well have slept with young beggar women then gone back to their wives and children By the poets lack of emotive language I believe that it gives the poem a sense of reality By the womans actions at the conclusion of the poem she moves the power and control to her Morally this is the wrong thing to do However when the action is a powerful role reversal statement Due to the lack of contraception the woman is most likely to become
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