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BOX ROOM by Liz Lochhead

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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by U15259745 (U15259745) on Friday, 11th May 2012

    Please could someone help me on ideas for the following essay questions on 'box room'.

    1) Choose a poem in which the tone is sinister.

    Show how the poem creates this tone and discuss its relative importance in your appreciation of the poem.

    2) Choose a poem in which a specific setting is strongly evoked.

    Show how the poet creates this sense of place and/ or time and then discuss the relative importance of the setting to the poem as a whole.

    Thank you.

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    Posted by bitesize_english_teacher (U15197928) on Friday, 11th May 2012

    Here are a number of possible topic sentences which you could develop by discussing the poem in detail and analysing the techniques used.

    Possible topic sentences to develop:

    The poet creates a sinister tone by suggesting that the mother's welcome is insincere....

    The sinister tone is also reinforced in the second half of the poem as the reader begins to see that, in spite of her outer confidence, the girl is deeply insecure about her relationship with the boy....

    The sinister tone therefore enhances the reader's appreciation of the poem as it helps to show the real nature of the relationships that exist between the mother and the girl, and the girl and her boyfriend.


    Even the title leads the reader to expect that the setting will be an important aspect of the poem. 'Box Room' has connotations of ....... etc

    The importance of the setting is further developed when ....

    The poetic techniques used to describe the boy's room evoke a strong sense of setting....

    The importance of this setting to the poem as a whole is that the room reveals a great deal about the personality of the boyfriend, who never actually appears in person in the poem....

    Another aspect of the importance of the setting is that it sheds light on the mother's feelings about her son. She has attempted to preserve everything as it was in his childhood and this symbolises her possessiveness.....

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    Posted by U15219824 (U15219824) on Friday, 11th May 2012

    Thanks for your help.

    Do you know if Box Room is a dramatic monologue as there is a question on a past paper on this and i wasn't sure if I could answer it.

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    Posted by bitesize_english_teacher (U15197928) on Saturday, 12th May 2012

    Features of a dramatic monologue:

    a poem written in the first person;

    the 'monologue' part refers to the fact that everything is spoken by that one person;

    it is 'dramatic' in the sense that we can imagine the incident/event being acted out;
    the speaker also 'dramatises' himself/herself in the sense that he/she may be trying to give an impression whereas the speaker's real feelings may be different.

    the monologue explores the thoughts and feelings of the characters.

    'Box Room' certainly exhibits many of the features of the dramatic monologue and could be used for a question on that type of poem. In verse one the girl puts on an act of confidence and bravado, whereas in the second half of the poem we see that she is deeply insecure about her relationship with the boy.

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    Posted by U15219824 (U15219824) on Saturday, 12th May 2012

    Okay thank you!

    I was wondering if you would be able to help me with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie questions that I also posted on the message board please?


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    Posted by bitesize_english_teacher (U15197928) on Saturday, 12th May 2012

    Yes - answer coming soon!

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    Posted by U15259745 (U15259745) on Saturday, 12th May 2012

    Thank you! I really appreciate all your time and effort when helping me!

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