Interestingly the poems form means that the final two stanza have a much slower pace giving them a more intimate feel which mirrors the content of them. The poem is ostensibly a love poem, but wrapped up in moments of comedy. The first few stanza portray a mean clearly abandoning his responsibilities just to have sex!
However as the poem progresses and we see his partners imperfections it only helps to strengthen the validity of his obvious devotion to his partner. I think in essence what this is saying is that when it comes to life being in love is far more important than any old job. In fact as the narrator states, his partner is priceless, worth more than the moon.
Is this making a bigger statement about peoples priorities in lives? How many of us waste time on worrying about work that we could spend enjoying time with the people that mean the most to us? Form and Tone As you would expect, given the title, this poem, which can be read in full here , has a very smooth rhythm and a song-like quality. It is made up of nine stanzas of varying lengths.
The refrains used throughout the poem act as a sort of chorus adding to the poems musical-like quality. The tone of the poem is comedic, due to the constant use of colloquialism mirroring the language used by Indian people that reside in Britain. Analysis First Stanza You can see straight away in this first stanza the aforementioned use of informal language and misspellings to give the feel of the dialect being used.
This gives the poem instant comic effect. The first line of the stanza suggests the narrators father has more than one shop, perhaps he is wealthy? Second Stanza In this stanza the narrator talks of sneaking upstairs to spend time with his new bride. The comedy once again is evident. It would appear the narrator is sneaking up to have sex and some food!
Third Stanza In this stanza the narrator details the reaction of his patrons to his breaks. Fourth Stanza The content of this stanza is slightly ambiguous, but it would appear that whilst her husband works the wife is playing cupid on a dating website? There is a nice comparison to her wife playing a game of cat and mouse.
Cats are often associated with a feline beauty. She is clearly a person that has no problem standing up for herself, as she swears at her mother-in-law. And makes fun of her father-in-law whilst she is drunk.
This description is certainly far from flattering however throughout there is an undertone that suggests; despite these flaws he still loves her massively. Likening her tummy to that of a teddy bear. Once again the shop is a state and customers comment on things like out of date milk and stale bread. Seventh Stanza this describes, comically, a sweet moment when the narrators bride sometimes comes down into the shop when it is closed to spend time with him.
Eighth Stanza In this final stanza we see just how much the narrator values his bride. The two of them sit and converse in the shop and he basically tells her that she is priceless. Despite all the comedy this is a truly warm end to the poem and shows the narrator to be a caring soul whole clearly feels deeply in love with his wife. This offers a nice contrast to the rest of the poem as the comedy is kept to a minimum in thee final part of the poem offering an insight into the multi-faceted world of love.
His poetry has received feedback from several notable poets including Carol Ann Duffy. He has won several poetry awards, most notable of which is the forward poetry prize. His poems often imitate the language of Indians who have immigrated to England, whose English may not be as good as that of native Englishman.