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1

"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

2

"I give you an onion"

-Short sentence, blunt, not romantic but realistic

3

"It is a moon wrapped in brown paper"

-Romantic image
-Ordinary/Practical opposite of romantic image, contrast with moon

4

"It promises light"

-Positive, love of depth will fulfil more than tokens

5

"like the careful undressing of love"

-Simile - undressing a lover = positive exciting, truly romantic

6

"Here."

-Blunt, full stop shows it is simple delivery no extravagance

7

"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

8

"Your reflection"

-Love can change who you are and how you see yourself

9

"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

10

"I am trying to be truthful"

-Structure = Truth literally at the centre of the poem
- truth must be at the centre of every relationship

11

"Not a cute card or a kissogram"

-Another two examples of token gifts, they have no real meaning
-the onion symbolises honest love

12

"Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips"

-Love = intense, strong and dangerous
-Love is not fleeting, it leaves an emotional mark

13

"Possessive and faithful"

-Oxymoron = love is complicated, can be positive and negative and can be confusing

14

"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

15

"Take it"

-Blunt command, unromantic

16

"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

17

"Lethal"

-Word choice = Love can be dangerous and really change you
-Connotations of death and pain

18

"Its scent will cling to your fingers, cling to your knife"

-Word choice of cling = Love does not let go
- connotations of not being able to escape
-Imagery of knife = violent image