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Transcript of Cousin Kate
He changed me like a glove:'' Stanza 2 ''Hardened by sun and air,
Not mindful I was fair.
And praise my flaxen hair?
To fill my heart with care?'' It is very peculiar rhyme to have in a poem but it is consistent throughout in this poem. ''O Lady Kate, my cousin Kate,
You grew more fair than I:
He saw you at your father's gate,
Chose you, and cast me by.'' This stanza is the part of the poem where the lord spots 'Cousin Kate', ''he saw you at your father's gate'', and immediately becomes interested in Cousin Kate as she is more attractive than the cottage maiden, we know this because she says to the Kate ''you grew more fair than I''.
This then leads him to watching her when she is at ''work among the rye'', now that he is interested in Kate and ditches the cottage-maiden, he is spying on her. The Lord also takes her away from from her ''mean estate'' to sit with him ''on high'' this means that he takes her from her lower home up to his grand accommodation.
The quote ''chose you, and cast me by'' is a quote full of jealousy, I think he's trying to convey the Lord chose Kate because she was the better one and in this case more attractive as such, which presents quite a melancholy tone to it really. 'Chose you, and cast me by' This stanza is the part of the poem where the Lord is now romantically involved with Cousin Kate instead of the cottage maiden. ''Because you were so good and pure
He bound you with his ring:
The neighbors call you good and pure,
Call me an outcast thing.
Even so I sit and howl in dust,
You sit in gold and sing:
Now which of us has tenderer heart?
You had the stronger wing.'' The two rhetorical questions in this stanza really interrogate
the reader, by wanting their opinion on the situation. These questions also express her anger and confusion because she doesn't know the answer herself Repetition of ''good and pure'' really outlines the anger of the cottage maiden In the poem the poet Christina Rossetti expresses naivety and innocence of the cottage-maiden in line 4, 'Not mindful i was fair' This shows the innocence of the cottage-maiden because is unaware of her good looks In stanza 2 the poet tells us about how the great lord ''lured'' the cottage-maiden to his ''palace-home'' ''Why did a great lord find me out
And praise my flaxen hair?
Why did a great lord find me out
To fill my heart with care?'' ''Hardened by sun and air'' ''He lured me to his palace-home
Woe's me for joy thereof
To lead a shameless shameful life,
His plaything and his love The quote ''hardened by sun and air'' possesses an implicit meaning
The implicit meaning of the cottage-maiden being in the lower class because she works outside in the ''sun and air'' What the poet has implied by the oxymoron ''shameless shameful life'' is that its shameless because she loved him but it was shameful because it was behind closed doors and 'the great lord' was clearly taking advantage of her. The poet tells the reader that he is taking advantage of her by labeling her as his ''plaything'' because a plaything is something you may use but soon dispose of; which in this case is the cottage-maiden. One may pick up the repetition of Kate in the line, ''O Lady Kate, my cousin Kate'' which I think expresses the hatred towards Kate because the cottage-maiden is not very fond of Kate, also the poet starts the stanza with ''O Lady Kate'' which could be taken as a juxtaposition because throughout the poem Christina Rossetti does not seem to have much respect for her but here she addresses her with respect. It makes you feel as if the cottage maidens anger is building. She is getting angrier line by line and eventually begins to question Cousin Kate. The cottage maiden starts to outline the differences between her and Cousin Kate, she says Kate is good and pure and that she is an outcast thing. She then outlines what this means for her and Kate. It mean they have contrasting fortunes. The Maiden sits and ''howls'' in the dust as she has been replaced, but at the other end Cousin Kate is happy as she is with the Lord , so she will ''sit in gold'' and sings. Stanza 1 Here the poet has used a metaphor to describe how a ''great lord'' used the cottage-maiden. ''He wore me like a golden knot'' I perceive a knot as something that can be undone easily. So what I think say is saying is that it is temporary, like a shoe lace you tie it up and then when you need to take your shoes off you undo the knot. Same as the line, ''He changed me like a glove'' but in this scenario he uses her just for his pleasure and then when he is finished he just simply discards her like an item and gets a new one. Stanza 1 Stanza 5&6 What Happens...? - Up and Down
- Looking back
on the Past Ideas
and messages... - Comparison
- Grief & Envy
- Why? Stanza 5&6 The Poet's Craft - 'Yet...'
- Complicated and Conflicted Emotions
- Repetition Cousin Kate Vs.
Belfast Confetti - First Person
- 'talking' To
Conclude... By Davis Jones (1&2),
Joe Devlin (3&4),
Max Bennett (5&6),
Peter Tillotson (Conclusion) The poem explores the themes of social class and change at the time (the poem was written in 1859). It tells the story of a “cottage-maiden” who was taken away from her simplistic and “content” life by the man of the manor, or “a great lord”. She fell in love, and was “lured” to “his palace”, where she was “worn” like “a glove”. She became pregnant and then the man discarded her. He then fell in love with “Cousin Kate”, whose love was “writ with sand”. She believed her love was worth more to the man than Kate’s. They got married, and now she is known as “ an unclean thing who might have been a dove”. Overall, the author expresses her misfortune; anger and confusion in the poem about her experiences with this man and how she wishes things had turned out differently. she also shows a sense of smugness in the sense that the knew couple of "cousin Kate" and the lord of the manor cant have a baby child which would be their heir, for she has him. He is her "shame" and her "pride". The clashes and collisions include the relationship between the author and "Cousin Kate", the role of women in society at the time compared to the role of men, and her personal battle with the feelings and emotions these set of events have caused.