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Examine the way Carol Ann Duffy portray a relationship in Valentine.

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Section two: Examine the way Carol Ann Duffy portray a relationship in Valentine. Valentine is a controversial love poem. Throughout the poem Duffy compares love to an ?onion?. She uses imagery to justify why valentine is an unusual love poem as they help the poet express her different point of view. The poems title is unusual as it mistakenly leads the reader into thinking that the poem will be typical, because valentine is usually associated with roses and hearts and chocolates. But once reading into the poem the reader gets a shock. In the poem Duffy conveys that love is not simple neither always pleasant. Duffy uses repetition of negative sentences to express her view to nowadays valentine gifts: ?not a red rose or a satin heart?, ?not a cute card or a kissogram?. ...read more.

Middle

Being ?blinded? suggests not being able to see straight, as when one is in love, he is blinded and can not see any faults in their lover. Duffy uses imagery to make the reader realise how everybody sees love in a different way. The unpleasant scent of an onion causes tears that when crying everything seems ?wobbly?. The word ?photo? represents a captured moment that would not last. ?Wobbling? explains that tears were split in which ones ?reflection? could be seen. ?Grief? has a negative implication which is used to describe sadness, loss and pain. This stanza tells us how the poet was hurt by her partner. Duffy tells us how love is not always a happy experience. Stereotypically love is viewed as something gentle and subtle which is the opposite of how the poetess sees it. ...read more.

Conclusion

The poet suggests insecurity by giving the lover an option as if she is unsure on her lovers feeling: ?if you like?. This tells us that in love every person has a sense and feeling of insecurity that can only be solved by being eternal binded. The word ?lethal? is another negative word suggesting the dangerous and devastating nature of love. The poem suggests that the poet considers love to be deadly and fatal. Duffy indicated that love hits without warning and it is unexpected, just like an onions scent hits one. Through this we are shown that love gives no warning that it?s coming therefore it being unpredictable. The poem valentine is an unusual poem as it expresses a different point to the usual thoughts of love. Duffy uses many negative words in the poem to make the reader consider how love can be dangerous and insecure and can never be justified whether the lover?s feelings are equally strong. ...read more.

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