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Flashcards in Valentine Deck (10):
1

What is it about

This poem challenges conventional and clichéd symbols of romance and relationships, and offers a onion

2

What is the context

A modern poem- lots of references to modern things

3

What is the structure

Extended metaphor- the onion. Irregular structure, jerky and uneven. Perhaps like a realistic relationship. Enjambment, short sentences and short lines. Represent a relationship from beginning to end.

4

What are the themes

Love
Passion
Obsession
Nature
Conflict
Commitment

5

Who is the poet

Carol Ann Duffy

6

“Not a red rose or a satin heart”

Rejecting conventional symbols of love

7

“It will blind you with tears like a lover”

Metaphor- love can be harsh and hurtful.
Simile- could suggest she’s been hurt in the past

8

“Is fierce kiss will stay on your lips”

Passionate, but also angry. Can’t get rid of it

9

“Platinum loops shrink to a wedding ring”

Your world shrinks.
Smallest part of an onion. Ring like- romantic but also possessive.
Does she expect love to be everlasting?

10

“Cling to your knife”

Inescapable/ claustrophobic.
Love is dangerous- unsettling ending