HOW MANY OF THESE SYMBOLS DO YOU RECOGNISE?

CHOOSE ONE WHICH YOU THINK IS EFFECTIVE AND EXPLAIN WHY IT WORKS SO WELL.

CHOOSE ONE WHICH YOU THINK IS NOT EFFECTIVE AND EXPLAIN WHAT IS WRONG WITH IT.



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Five pounds fifty in change, exactly,
a library card on its date of expiry.

A postcard stamped,
unwritten, but franked,

a pocket size diary slashed with a pencil
from March twenty-fourth to the first of April.

A brace of keys for a mortise lock,
an analogue watch, self winding, stopped.

A final demand
in his own hand,

a rolled up note of explanation
planted there like a spray carnation

but beheaded, in his fist.
A shopping list.

A giveaway photograph stashed in his wallet,
a keepsake banked in the heart of a locket.

no gold or silver,
but crowning one finger

a ring of white unweathered skin.
That was everything.

Simon Armitage




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