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What choices does Carol Ann Duffy make in Valentine to make the poem interesting?

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What choices does Carol Ann Duffy make in Valentine to make the poem interesting? The first choice CAD makes is the title this makes the reader think that this poems going to be a traditional love poem e.g. Shakespeare's sonnet 19. But straight away, the poem makes it clear that it is not a normal of Valentine/ love poem 'Not a red rose or a satin heart'. A major choice CAD makes is to make the subject of the poem an onion, the reason for this is that its showing how a very unlikely object has a connection with love this may be because the authors trying to show that love is every where. ...read more.

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Another choice that CAD makes is to make the layout and the rhyme of the poem very abnormal and abstract (there is no rhyme, and some very short single word sentences.) This could because of several reasons; * CAD's reinforcing the fact that the poems abstract and unconventional. * CAD's trying to show the fact that love can be abstract. * CAD's making a point that like a symbol of love poetry doesn't have to stick to set and excepted patterns. * CAD's trying to show that like the poem, which seems fragmented, love can be stopping and starting. * CAD's showing that the poems random by having small sentences then some fairly long ones. ...read more.

Conclusion

is at the end of the poem this may have a connection with possible violence at the end of a relationship. It may also be trying to bring through a sense of love being powerful this is backed up by the way powerful language is used throughout the poem e.g. 'possessive, faithful', promises light'. The poem is a one-sided conversation or possible in a letter, it seems to be written as though CAD had given an onion to someone she loved as a token of her affection. You can see this form the way she says 'I give YOU and onion.' This makes it seem that the reader is reading something that is not necessarily aimed at them. ...read more.

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