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VALENTINE AND SONNET XLIII INTRODUCTION: - Same theme - different historical context: - The poem, Valentine, written by Carol Ann Duffy and the Sonnet XLIII, written by Elizabeth Barret Browning are both written by women and are based on the same theme, which is describing love for someone, but they are written with different historical context. Valentine is written in quite a modern way, with some very modern references, for instance by describing love as 'An Onion instead of a red rose or a satin heart', these are modern references which perhaps would not have been used many years ago. Whereas Sonnet XLIII is a more traditional poem, which appears to have a more romantic theme, no one would ever have thought of comparing love to such a smelly item as an onion many years ago. The Browning poem appears to have some intense descriptions of how someone is loved, for instance, " I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach" This appears to be showing intense passion and love, trying to relate it to such extremes of where a soul can reach. In Duffys poem, she talks more freely about love and is comparing love to an 'onion'. She says, "I give you an onion, its fierce kiss will stay on your lips, possessive and faithful"; This shows that real love can leave its mark on your lips like how the taste of an onion does. ...read more.


and "I love the purely.." and also a phrase beginning " In my old griefs", these are personal feelings and not based on an object like the Valentine poem. Tone and atmosphere The Valentine poem has a most unusual tone to it. It is quirky in the sense that it uses a most unusual item to be associated with love. It is unique in itself for that same reason and for the way it breaks down the parts of an onion and relates that to how love can feel, it says "Here. It will blind you with tears" That is showing how strong the sensation of love can be and relating it to the power of an onion being able to make you cry. This poem does not try to be sensational in any way, but in its own right is sensational because it makes you think about something, which is so opposite to love and yet also as powerful as love in its own way. It says "Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips forever" This poem does not use the clich�s often associated with love and this makes the poem quite unique, when you think of a love poem many people would generally think of hearts and roses amongst many other things, but not an onion! ...read more.


writer meant that on the outside the onion appears ordinary and quite thick skinned, but as the layers of the outer skins are peeled off, bit by bit the layers get thinner and you begin to see the inner brightness and beauty of the onion, this is trying to show that inside us all there is an inner beauty no matter if the outside is a bit tatty, you sometimes just have to peel back the layers to find it that inner beauty. The imagery that she is using here is quite a romantic type, peaceful and loving. She relates to the onions layers descending in size "its platinum hoops shrink to a wedding ring" Again I think here she is referring to the silvery skin inside the onion and eventually finding the right layer which is comfortable as a wedding ring - this is just finding the right level inside each other that we are comfortable with. In Sonnet XLIII, Browning uses imagination and emotion as her imagery. She refers to the Sun and candlelight instead of saying day and night, quite a romantic way of writing it. She states that she 'loves freely, purely and with passion", these are all very emotional and deep internal feelings. She states "I love thee" each time to make each sentence a personal one and directed independently to the reader. ...read more.

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