In "Singh Song" how does the speaker feel about his wife? Compare this with "Sonnet 29 - I think of thee!"

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In "Singh Song," a poem by Daljit Nagra, the speaker uses dialect to describe his relationship with his wife and how it relates to his job in a store that he owns and manages. He describes going upstairs to spend time with his wife, which seems pleasant, and then going back down to the store to hear customers complaining about the prices or the cleanliness of the store. It seems that he'd rather be thinking of his wife or spending time with her than tending to the store. At the end of the poem, he tells his wife that the moon only costs half as much as she does, answering her question and using the analogy of the store and its pricing system to describe their love. When she asks how much that costs, he says "Is priceless baby." This closing line tells us how much the speaker values his wife.

In Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "Sonnet 29," she uses lots of figurative language to describe her thoughts of her beloved. Browning says that her "thoughts do twine and bud / About [him], as wild vines about a tree" (lines 1–2). The remainder of the sonnet develops the idea that the speaker's thoughts are totally consumed by the beloved.

In terms of the style, Nagra's poem is much less formal and traditional than Browning's. Nagra's language is like that of the everyday Punjabi man and tries to capture his accent. He describes an everyday experience with his wife and at his job. Browning, on the other hand, uses a very traditional poem structure in the sonnet. This poem must follow strict rules for meter and rhyme. The poem is much shorter and more contained than Nagra's. Ultimately, though, both speakers describe their feelings toward and constant thinking about their beloveds.