ine“Valentine” is a dubious love poem written by Carol Ann Duffy. Throughout this poem, Duffy compares love to an onion and she does this by using variety of techniques like figurative language, structure and her careful chosen words and sound techniques. These techniques are all used to express her different point of view, verify how love makes one feel and how love is not as simple nor always pleasant, as you think, in fact, it’s complex and harsh.
In the first paragraph, Duffy shows us her point of view by the random structure of her poem. The poem “Valentine” is not a Tanka, not a Haiku, and definitely not a Sonnet. It has a completely random structure. The heading: “Valentine”, it mistakenly leads the readers to think this poem of something typical, something all sweet and lovey-dovey. Then at the exact first line, Duffy surprisingly rejects anything romantic. “Not a red rose or a satin heart.” She refuses this stereo type valentine gifts because it’s so common, and meaningless. She gives an onion as a valentine gift. “I give you an onion.” “It is a moon wrapped in brown paper. It promises light.” Here Duffy is saying that onion is like love, it is promising, its romantic setting representing the truth. Then in the 3rd stanza: “It will blind you with tears” “It will make your reflection a wobbling photo of grief.” This is saying the exactly opposite, love is not all so attractive and charming anymore, it’s gone ugly. Then again Duffy rejected anything romantic. “Not a cute card or a kissogram.” This repetition of rejection exaggerates these gifts are not necessary once you think about the true meaning of love. At the end, Duffy used a one word line: “Lethal.” This adjective conveying the readers love is dangerous and fatal. This poem ending with the negative word: “Knife”. Knife can cut things; it can kill things. It can cut an onion; it can kill a relationship. This definite meaning of the poem portraying that love is not pleasant. In my opinion I think...
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