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Explain how Ann Duffy uses Metaphors in at least 2 of her poems and comment on their effectiveness.

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Tuesday, 01 May 2007 By Ryan Heath Explain how Ann Duffy uses Metaphors in at least 2 of her poems and comment on their effectiveness. A metaphor is a likening of one thing to another without using 'like' or 'as'. Valentine begins in a very negative way by saying 'not a red rose or a satin heart', perhaps she is saying that love is neither a red rose nor a satin heart - both create an image of warmth, softness and a possibility of passion. Her opening statement uses a metaphor to make the usual idea of love negative. 'It is a moon wrapped in dark paper' uses a metaphor to describe the many levels of emotion associated with a relationship. ...read more.

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like crying? It seems the onion as a gift is symbolising an unhappy relationship. 'Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips'. Raw onions leave a strong taste in one's mouth and the heat of a raw onion is strong and a shock to the senses. This could be seen as a passionate statement - when people are described as a loving couple - they may share 'fierce' kisses, however, in this case the image is linked with an onion which seems almost poisonous - something you would not want to taste, like an unhappy relationship, something that you do not want to linger. 'Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding ring'. ...read more.

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'Spools of suffering'. Spools refer to the photographs he has taken, illustrating the suffering caused by war and there is a reference to the rows of gravestones in cemeteries. 'All flesh is grass' is referring to a man's mortality, we came from the earth and when we die we return to the earth. 'Running children in a nightmare heat'. Upon first glance this suggests children running around on a hot day, however in the context of war it describes children running in panic and terror in the heat of a day that has turned into a nightmare. The 'nightmare heat' could also be referring to the Napalm bombs that were used by the US in the Vietnam War. 'A hundred of agonies in black and white' describes the suffering of people in countries at war captured on film by the war photographer. ...read more.

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