Valentine Poem

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Throughout our history, it has been clear that relationships are a vital part of human life. In particular, our desire for love and the influence this has on our lives has constantly been the subject of literature. Whilst relationships may have not changed dramatically, our views on relationships have changed. In the poem ‘Valentine’, Carol Ann Duffy challenges the modern representation of love and relationships promoted on 14th February aka Valentine’s Day and aims to give a more ‘realistic’ view of what love can potentially bring. She talks of an unorthodox love in this poem of hers. The poem is an extended metaphor of love being an onion, and she thinks of love as a violent emotion rather than a peaceful one. The narrator compares love to an onion in her poem "Valentine" to show that her opinion of love is unconventional, violent, negative, enduring emotion through her use of extended metaphors and diction. The narrator portrays that love resembles an onion through her use of metaphors which creates the feeling of love being an enduring, violent and depressing emotion. From the very first line of the poem, it is clear that the poet wishes to reject the modern symbols of love and romance. The inversion in the sentence is used effectively to divert the readers’ attention on the word “Not” as Duffy informs the reader that the Valentine’s gift they bring will not be a “red rose” or a “satin heart”. Similar pattern is repeated several times throughout the poem - usually
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