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A Comparison of Poems

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A Comparison of Poems Introduction Each of the poems are about a woman (the author) who is reflecting on her relationship with her lover or partner. On reading the poems it is clear that 'My Box' is about a positive and good relationship and in contrast 'Valentine' is quite the opposite in that it is about a bad relationship. The structure of the two poems is different. 'My Box' has three Stanzas, of eight lines each. Whereas 'Valentine' is structured in a pattern of, single lines and blocks of four or five lines. The different structures might be a clue to the type of relationships in that 'My Box' represents a solid relationship, by the blocks of eight lines. Whereas 'Valentine' is a broken structure, indicating a weak relationship. I have tried to analyse what each of the poems are trying to tell the reader and have compared and contrasted details where possible. My Box A woman recollects on how wonderful, fulfilling and fruitful her life has been, using the box to illustrate this. Made of golden oak suggests that it is an item of great value like Gold, but also one of honesty and practicality (like the wood used). ...read more.

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Similarly, they explored together and found the 'wild heartsease' herb. This may mean they explored each other and found comfort in each other. They have 'drilled a well.' Water being necessary for growth of life and this poem again suggests fruitfulness 'the harvesting of apples', which could be children. A timespan where 'words and days' are shared, enjoyed and experienced. A golden tree is planted, nurtured, bears fruit, takes solid roots and foundations and flourishes to last for a long time. In the final stanza, 'On an open shelf I keep my box', suggests an open relationship. There are no secrets here, the key is in the lock and the contents of this box, the solid relationship, is there for all to see by future generations or anyone who cares to look, and reminds us that everything takes time to grow and flourish, but it needs a solid foundation and effort. Valentine A sad bitter reflection of a woman reliving a disappointing relationship. It begins negatively, with a single line. 'Not a red rose or a satin heart.' The woman speaks to herself, and she interprets the gift that she has received which could be imaginary, this tells us that this is not going to be something affectionate, usually associated with care and devotion. ...read more.

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The word 'faithful' does not mean a strong solid commitment but one that is only, 'as long as we are,' probably until they tire or get fed up with each other and end it. In the final stanza, 'Take it,' referring the onion is expressed without much care, and even the woman bitterly relives the uncaring lovers words who is no more. The platinum, a hard precious metal, wedding ring, which she can wear, if she likes. There is very little evidence of commitment. A one word line, 'Lethal,' captures the essence of this person's relationship. This could mean emotional if not actual physical death. Unlike the box, growth and fruitfulness are not in this poem, only an end. If this woman married this person it would have been 'Lethal.' The final lines states 'Its scent will cling to your finger, cling to your knife.' This woman through her own vision, living on hope, has been promised empty promises and been left unfilled and bitter she can still smell the onion on her fingers and the knife. It symbolises the end of the when she cuts the relationship off, but the memories of this painful relationship still linger like the scent of the onion. ...read more.

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