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Valentineby Carol Ann Duffy and "One Flesh" by Elizabeth Jennings.

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Introduction

Essay Throughout the poem the poetess compares love to an onion and she does that by using a variety of techniques such as imagery, symbolism, word choice and structure. All these techniques justify why "Valentine" is an unusual love-poem as they help the poet express her different point of view. Overall, the poem is unusual, as its title tricks leads the reader into thinking that the poem will be typically about happyness and romance. Carol Ann Duffy makes clear that the poem is centred around its main key consept : an onion, from the start. The poet makes some other key suggestions on how love makes some one feel. Carol Ann Duffy conveys that love is not simple and it's not always pleasant. Throughout the poem, the writer is comparing love to an onion. Onions provoke tears while love is meant to bring happiness and joy. Therefore, the main symbol makes this love-poem an unusual one: " It will blind you with tears Like a lover " Onions have a strong scent that makes us cry when we cut them. The poet refers to crying over somebody loved, like you would over an onion. ...read more.

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The word ' fierce ' has a negative atmosphere as it is associated with aggression and attack. In "Valentine" , a kiss of an onion is being described as 'fierce'. This is because onions have a strong and a possessive scent that will stay with you for very long, it's hard to get rid off. An onion's scent attacks you, causing tears and pain. Fierceness is something least expected from love as a relationship should not be possessive or aggressive. The poet provokes the reader into considering this love poem an unusual one as the amount of negative words would not normally be associated with love. I believe that a 'fierce' relationship is no good : its filled with rage and tension which can mean a seperation, caused by the constant disputes. "Valentine" is an unusual poem to analyse as it expresses a diverse point to the usual representation of love. Throughout the poem, I was constantly made to think over what I thought to be the real meaning behind love. This poem opposed all my previous beliefs on this matter, as no other love poem would give such a truthfully outlook on it. ...read more.

Conclusion

This means that the relationship of Jennings' parents actually could be considered as more consistent. The fact that One Flesh has a more irregular rhythm and a random rhyming scheme reflects the awkwardness of the parents' relationship. Jennings uses metaphors in her poem in order to describe her parents' relationships. Jennings poem is more direct, but uses several metaphors in order to describe her parents' relationship. For example, she describes her parents as being "Tossed up like flotsam from a former passion", comparing their current relationship to leftover debris floating caught by the current of the sea. Jennings also creats pauses to allow the reader to reflect on what they are saying. The pauses also emphasize the differences between the poets' parents, "A birthday, him. Their ruby wedding, her." Jennings also describe the relationship between her parents and to some extent, their own lives; however, she does so using a very direct methos and is open about her parents' relationship. This is even reflected in the titles of the poem. The parents in 'One Flesh' are linked by their children (the poet). Jennings appears resentful of her parents' relationships. This is because the poem is describing the latter stages of their parents' lifes and there is an unspoken affection towards them. ...read more.

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