- Created by: km04
- Created on: 03-05-19 22:14
Analysis of 'Valentine'
'Not a red rose or a satin heart'
- The poem is immediately challenging the conventional portayal of Valentine's Day (and therefore love)
- This is a partial sentence (includes no verb)
- Sounds more direct/blunt
'I give you an onion'
- Pronouns are 'I' and 'you', which makes the poem more personal
- May suggest the poem is from one lover to another
- This line is a conceit (a surprising statement), which is a technique used by metaphysical poets, like John Donne
- The line surprises the reader, it is unorthodox and strange
'moon wrapped in brown paper'
- The moon is a source of light and hope, it is beautiful and positive, but it is also unconstant
- This image presents an ambivalent (contradictory) attitude to love
- verb 'promises' implies it does not always provide the light it should
- This may reflect on the preconceptions that love is happy
'careful ********** of love'
- This appears quite a sexual image
- ********* the conventions down to the truth
- Connotations of vulnerability
- Falling in love means opening yourself up, like peeling away layers (of an onion, of a person)
'it will blind you with tears like a lover'
- The verb 'will' implies an inevitability of hurt and pain in a relationship
- A reference to Cupid ('love is blind')
- This means you can't see the flaws of the person you love
- Duffy is suggesting that love is problematic
'it will make your reflection a wobbling photo of grief'
- The verb 'will' is repeated to enforce the idea of these negative emotions
- When you cry, the face quivers, hence the word 'wobbling'
- Photos capture a moment (often happy) so that the memories are eternal/last forever
- Almost like trying to make a relationship last/make the memories permanent
- This line is also ironic because photos are associated with happiness, while grief is quite the opposite (extreme sadness)
'I am trying to be truthful'
- The verb 'trying' implies that the truth is hard to get at (due to conflicting emotions)
'Not a cute card or a kissogram.'
- Another blunt, partial sentence
- There is repetition of the plosive 'k' sound
- The sound is harsh, so it is clear Duffy intends to criticise these clichés that are deemed romantic
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