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What interests you about Carol Ann Duffy's use of an onion in her poem 'Valentine'?

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What interests you about Carol Ann Duffy's use of an onion in her poem 'Valentine'? What I find especially interesting about the poem 'Valentine' is the subject; it challenges the ideas of a "normal" valentine card or present. "I give you an onion." It is also important to notice that the 'onion' appears to symbolise many things including the fact that an onion would be a better present to give to a lover because it is original and different. In a conventional way it makes sense because it is a real thing and takes time to grow and is not just bought form a shop looking lovely and pretty. ...read more.


The use of the word 'Here' makes the reader feel that the poet is in control. In addition, these lines add emphasis, are aimed directly at the reader, and bring them back to reality after a sudden change of tone. There is no rhyme to the poem and it is not planned out, but spontaneous and natural the way real love should be. The length of the poem is also irregular and not traditional, Carol Ann Duffy does not like the stereotypical idea of love. The imagery in the poem plays an important part in understanding the use of an 'onion' as a valentines gift. ...read more.


The pain of a break up can also make one feel bitter and disillusioned also adding to the wobbly effect. This sophisticated word choice is onomatopoeic in suggesting to the reader that they can hear and imagine someone crying. The onion rings are likened 'platinum hoops', which are stong, and unbreakable, just like love when you have first found it. Then it is compared to a 'wedding ring' after shrinking in size like a cage closing in around you therefore it is ironic since marriage is not the path you want to take. Carol Ann Duffy uses simple language, which symbolises the fact that she has strong beliefs in what she is writing and likes simple relationships with no long term commitment involved. ...read more.

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