Flashcards in Carol Ann Duffy - Valentine Deck (18)
"Not a red rose or a satin heart"
-Clichéd romantic gifts
-Have no deep emotional meaning , just tokens
-Duffy is looking for more meaningful gifts
"I give you an onion"
-Short sentence, blunt, not romantic but realistic
"It is a moon wrapped in brown paper"
-Ordinary/Practical opposite of romantic image, contrast with moon
"It promises light"
-Positive, love of depth will fulfil more than tokens
"like the careful undressing of love"
-Simile - undressing a lover = positive exciting, truly romantic
-Blunt, full stop shows it is simple delivery no extravagance
"It will blind you with tears like a lover"
-Metaphor = love is not perfect, you can cry because of love, both positive and negative, realistic, not fake romance
-Love can change who you are and how you see yourself
"a wobbling photo of grief"
-Love does not always last forever like tokens suggest.
-It can end and leave you upset
- Image = photo of a past lover
"I am trying to be truthful"
-Structure = Truth literally at the centre of the poem
- truth must be at the centre of every relationship
"Not a cute card or a kissogram"
-Another two examples of token gifts, they have no real meaning
-the onion symbolises honest love
"Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips"
-Love = intense, strong and dangerous
-Love is not fleeting, it leaves an emotional mark
"Possessive and faithful"
-Oxymoron = love is complicated, can be positive and negative and can be confusing
"as we are for as long as we are"
-Honest about the fact that while their relationship is complicated its honest"
-Realistic = not pretending they will last forever, they might they might not
-Blunt command, unromantic
"Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring, if you like"
-Imagery =The rings of the onion symbolise a wedding ring
-Marriage is a choice not a nessessity
-Word choice = Love can be dangerous and really change you
-Connotations of death and pain