• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Carol Ann Duffy wrote the poem Valentine to express her feelings on love.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

BY Alex Chen Valentine 22/11/01 Carol Ann Duffy wrote the poem Valentine to express her feelings on love. She described how an onion is a much better gift then a cute card or a kissogram. Here I am trying to explain why she thinks onion is a better gift. To send a cute card to their lovers is just what everyone does when they can't be bothered to think of any thing else. It is so simple, and will never surprises the person who receives the gift. It's so much better, to give them some thing that is different, such as onion. Onion is a much better gift then just a cute card or a kissogram. ...read more.

Middle

But it also means that it's hidden under a layer of some thing that it wouldn't shine, unless you take the trouble to discover it your self. If love is perfect, it'll only be a dream, it is never realistic. The writer uses another metaphor to describe the negative side of love. "It will blind you with tears". This is comparing the juice of onion, which makes people cry, to how love can some times bring unhappiness. Love is like a game, it some times brings you fun, and some times it does not. It really depends on how well you play this 'game'. The writer made the poem more realistic by using personification. ...read more.

Conclusion

She relates the ring to a knife, which eventually come the knife to break up the onion, to break up all the good things that the onion had reflected, and become the knife to break up your heart. She also used the word 'shrink'. It is an unpleasant word, and it means that the ring will stay on your finger and will never be able to taken off again. That shows how once you have fall in love, it's really hard to get out of it. After all I think that onion is a much better gift then just a card or a kissogram. It reflects lots of things about love. It tells the person how she thinks about love. And how she reacts towards love. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. Valentine v First Love Valentine is by Ann Duffy. The first thing that ...

    I think this makes this poem more interesting. This poem also contains three similes but not any metaphors. "Like a sweet flower" "As deadly pale" "As chords do from the string" The first simile compares love to a flower and how sweet it is which was never mentioned in Valentine but quite the opposite actually.

  2. Critical review of Carol Ann Duffy's poem 'Mean Time'.

    The poem is about the giving of an unusual present an 'onion' for Valentines Day, however there is a deeper meaning, the love between two people. The onion is an extended metaphor for love, Duffy conveys how she despises the traditional valentines gifts, 'not a red rose or satin heart.

  1. Carol Ann Duffy - 'Valentine' and 'Before You Were Mine'

    She still has dreams and hopes for the future, she dreams of the glamour seen on the big screen. Caesura is used to show her thought process. At dances they hoped that they might meet their future partner. 'I knew you would dance like that' She looks back at the days when her mum was free and uninhibited.

  2. Explore the different types of relationships in "Valentine" and "Before You Were Mine".

    They are at that special point in the relationship when they are assured of each other's love and can almost read the other's mind. The way that Duffy insults herself without her mother needing to assure her it is untrue implies they are familiar.

  1. Compare and contrast "Recognition" and "Moments of Grace" by Carol Ann Duffy.

    Words, actions and verbs offer us possibility and meaning and the potential to do things. 'Strangers' like the thin skin on language, can offer either everything or nothing as there is no past or history behind them. The final stanza is back in the present and it provides a sense of intimacy.

  2. Carol Ann Duffy, (born 1958) tackles the issue of love in her poem "Valentine," ...

    The comparison used has no connection with love and an onion is not a very momentous gift to give someone to show your love for him or her. It is therefore clear that Duffy intends to give the impression that love is an insignificant emotion.

  1. I am going to compare three different poems: "My Box" by Gillian Clarke, "Valentine" ...

    My understanding of the poem is that possibly her partner has left her and yet she still has such strong feelings towards him. Perhaps he didn't want to marry or he left her for being too obsessive. The mentioning of the 'knife�at the end is surfacing her feelings of sorrow and hatred.

  2. By close study of Valentine and I Wouldnt Thank You for a Valentine, show ...

    Duffy wrote "Valentine" in 1992, so she still had strong feminist views before this affair. Duffy broke up in 2004 with her long-time lesbian partner and fellow poet Jackie Kay. Duffy has stated herself that, "I'm not a lesbian poet, whatever that is.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work