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1

Valentine

Title suggests a romantic, idealized, traditional love poem

2

Not a red rose

Idea suggested by title is immediately subverted by the adverb "Not"

3

Red rose... satin heart

Reference to traditional cliches of love tokens

4

I... you

Use of personal pronouns shows very direct and personal narrator

5

I give you an onion.

Contrasts with traditional love tokens

Strange, unconventional gift

Single line demands attention and enforces the direct statement

6

It is a moon wrapped in brown paper

Metaphor

Onion looks like a moon: Only one moon - unique, special, meaningful gift and moon has romantic connotations

Brown paper is not ostentatious, it is simple suggesting the narrator believes that love should be simple. Brown colour contrasts traditional red associated with love.

7

It promises light

Love can be seen as a promise, not a right or unconditional feeling

Light extends metaphor of moon and also symbolises the hope and optimism of a new relationship

8

Like the careful undressing of love

Simile continues the imagery of love in its infancy and word choice of "careful"

Metaphorically peeling away the layers of personality

Literally physical undressing

9

Here.

Single word

Imperative command

Suggests gift is unwanted or misunderstood

10

It will blind you with tears

Negative connotations of the pain that can be inflicted by a lover

11

It will make your reflection

A wobbling photo of grief

Wobbling suggests pain and a physical and emotional response

Grief suggests the death of the initial romantic and carefree love

12

I am trying to be truthful

Single line emphasises statement

Alliteration

Desperation to save reationship

13

Not a cute card or a kissogram

Alliteration

The rejection of the cliche gifts a second time emphasises that she is beyond mere love tokens as they are meaningless

14

I give you and oninion

Repeated Sentence suggests that the recipient still is not acknowledging the significance of the onion

15

Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips

Word choice "fierce" - Connotations of passion at the beginning of the relationship but also of aggression and anger at being rejected

16

possessive and faithful

Contrast between conventionally positive and negative traits by someone in a relationship

17

as we are,

for as long as we are

Introduces an element of doubt

Tone changes in this stanza as there is added tension and despair through word choice

18

Take it

Imperative command

Element of despair and insistance

19

Shrink to a wedding ring

Depsperation

20

Lethal

Word choice - end of relationship, aggressive, angry connoations

21

Its scent will cling to your fingers

Cling to your knife

Repetition of cling emphasises not wanting to let go

Possessive pronouns "your" suggests the poet persona blames the other person for the end of the relationship

Final word "knife" suggests hurt and violence