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I am going to compare three different poems My Box by Gillian Clarke Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy and Shall I compare Thee Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare In my essay I will discuss the language images style rhythm and many other aspects used to construct each of the poems The modern poem My Box written by Gillian Clarke in essence is about a gift of a box from a man to a woman The first line my box is made of golden oak my lovers gift to me Clarke introduces characters the lover and the narrator He fitted hinges and a lock of brass and a bright key This line has a sort of naivety about it because it is made up of monosyllables also when read it seems as if a word is missing between bright and key This may be deliberate to emphasise the youthfulness of the writer at this point in the poem He made it out of winter nights sanded and oiled and planed engraved inside a heavy lid in brass a golden tree Due to the emphasis of and by its repetition four times within the first stanza this shows that the man had obviously spent a lot of time on the box In the second stanza the poet goes on to describe what the woman has done with the box In my box are twelve black books where I have written down how we have sanded oiled and planed planted a garden built a wall seen jays and gold crests rare red kites found the wild heartsease drilled a well harvested apples and words and days and planted a golden tree This whole stanza is written as a list informing the reader of what they did as a couple In my box are twelve black books presumably all her memories written down in books possibly a diary It is also showing how short life is because her whole
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