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A comparison of the two poems, "Valentine" by Carol Ann Duffy, and "The Sunne Rising" by John Donne, exploring images, links and comparisons.

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Sally Bryan 10B2 9th May 2004 * A comparison of the two poems, "Valentine" by Carol Ann Duffy, and "The Sunne Rising" by John Donne, exploring images, links and comparisons. Both poems talk about the same subject, which is love, but in contrary they are very different. Each poem uses strange imagery, in Donne's poem he personifies the sun, he addresses it, "Busie old foole, unruly Sunne, Why dost thou thus." He also uses a capital letter for the sun to give an impression of importance. In Duffy's poem, she uses an onion as a symbol of her love. They both reject the traditional aspects of love, but they also show great tenderness and feeling. "Valentine" is a modern poem, whereas "The Sunne Rising" is a pre 1900 poem. They mutually challenge the traditional love poetry, "Not a red rose or a satin heart." "Valentine" is written in a series of disjointed lines, while "The Sunne Rising" is written in separate verses. ...read more.

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He claims that he has been blinded by the absolute beauty of his lover. He is enthralled by her and by no means wants to loose sight of this magnificence. In "Valentine", Duffy discusses the matter of time in her relationship. She links the taste of onion on your lips with a kiss from her lover, "Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips, Possessive and faithful As we are, For as long as we are." In this section of the poem, she also involves her partner because she uses the word "we". Her interpretation is that the taste stays on your lips like a kiss. Donne, however, talks about time in a diverse method. He comments that time is not an issue in his relationship. His love knows no time, "Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, Nor hours, dayes, months, which are the rags of time." He believes that he has all the time in the world left with his partner, therefore he dismisses time. ...read more.

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Her view is that marriage is lethal; it constricts you and ties you down, "Lethal." Donne however is so infatuated with his lover that he cannot distinguish any faulty aspects of his relationship. He thinks that they are both equally contented and that his bond with his partner will never break down, "She'is all States, and all Princes, I, Nothing else is." He believes that she is everything, all the states, all the world and that he is equivalent to all the Princes in the world. Personally, I am fond of both poems. My preferred poem yet would be "Valentine". This was because I found the language easy to comprehend and I also found it straightforward to relate to. I enjoyed reading her uses of strange imagery, I think these made it more appealing. "The Sunne Rising" was particularly challenging to understand due to the pre 1900 dialogue. I also found "The Sunne Rising" to be slightly tedious and dull. I enjoyed studying these poems because of the eccentric imagery and the use of hyperboles. Another reason as to why I enjoyed reading them is because they are unlike the traditional love poetry, they are unique. ...read more.

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