Recently we debated what love is when we studied Nostalgia With Valentines Day in a few days, what is a great Valentine gift? How about this? Conceit Conceit Uses onion as a conceit (extended metaphor used as a comparison) compares onion with the nature of love throughout the poem. Valentine Not a red rose or a satin heart I give you an onion. It is a moon wrapped in brown paper. It promises light
Like the careful undressing of love. Now try to answer the Here. Questions on the line andIt will blind you with tears image you have been Like a lover. It will make your reflection given. These will be swapped. A wobbling photo of grief. And enjoy some suitable I am trying to be truthful. music. Not a cute card or a kissogram. 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrn2kvC ex5k I give you an onion. Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips, 2. Possessive and faithful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myVzaR8cmD
A As we are, For as long as we are. 3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI-6YPwHFEA Take it. Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZu69_o If you like. uc-U Lethal. Its scent will cling to your fingers, 5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEgX64n Cling to your knife. 4. 3T7g
Interesting song lyrics 1. Kate Earl (Cover) Someone To Love 2. Jefferson Airplane Somebody To Love 3. Seal Whirlpool 4. Shoot Him Down Alice Francis 5. Massive Attack Paradise Circus 6. Outkast Happy Valentines Day 7. Taylor Swift Blank Space 1. And when they come, they'll accept you just the way you are 2. When the truth is found To be lies And all the joy Within you dies 3. Especially when you think you've gone insane And all you get from love is lots of pain 4. This man is a ticket for a heartache - I want to break him bone for bone, want to stab him all night long - with a needle....
5. Love is like a sin, my love, For the ones that feel it the most 6. Could be an organ donor The way I give up my heart 7. It'll leave you breathless Or with a nasty scar Got a long list of ex-lovers They'll tell you I'm insane Not a red rose or a satin heart Not a cute card or a kissogram Why would Duffy not consider these to be appropriate Valentines Day gifts? I give you an onion Why would Duffy consider an onion to be an appropriate Valentines Day gift? It is a moon wrapped in brown paper Why does Duffy refer to an onion
being a moon wrapped in brown paper? What could this suggest about the idea of love? It will blind you with tears like a lover In what ways can an onion blind you with tears? In what ways can a lover do the same? Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips How does the statement above reflect the reality of an onion and of love? Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring What does this suggest about marriage? What different meanings are there for platinum loops? Lethal. Its scent will cling to your fingers, Cling to your knife. What final pictures of love do these
words paint? Not a red rose or a satin heart Not a cute card or a kissogram Not Instantly challenges traditional view of love and Valentines and clichd symbols of Valentines Day. No finite verb sentence is incomplete for greater dramatic impact. Alliterative red rose is clichd Valentines present.
Not a red rose or a satin heart Not a cute card or a kissogram Anaphora not a perhaps suggests that Valentines Day is predictable and repetitive. These clichs are not truly representative of love. They are just tacky and commercialised. Almost thoughtless presents because they are stereotypical. Duffy mocking these presents. Contrast between expectations of love (fake) and reality. I give you an onion Uses onion as a conceit (extended metaphor used as a comparison) compares onion with the nature of love
throughout the poem. I give you an onion Declarative sentence. First person pronoun I shows this is an individual gift. Not materialistic or clichd. Shows that love is a layered thing. Links to the smell/ taste lingering even after a break up. Links to the idea of crying in a relationship.
Links to the appearance of the moon in the next line. An onion is natural, pure and not artificial. It is a moon wrapped in brown paper Metaphor could suggest that the onion, . with imagination, can be a romantic symbol of a moonlit evening. Though moon can symbolise madness! Brown bag is opposite of glossy,
colourful type of wrapping associated with Valentines Day, but perhaps true gifts do not need expensive wrapping? Both the spherical moon and the brown bag could link to the appearance and texture of the onion. It is a moon wrapped in brown paper Wrapping could suggest that true love is hidden at first. We have to get to know someone to understand their beauty.
The colour brown is dull and not exciting. But is the wrapping important? Does it make it special and secretive or is it what is inside that matters? Moonlight night as a classic date setting. Love is a beaming light ready to be unwrapped. The best gifts dont always come in the
best packaging. It will blind you with tears like a lover Simile showing love and lovers can also bring pain and sadness, Or are they tears of joy? Blind metaphorically conveys the confusion and complexity of love and the idea that when you are filled with emotion love is blind".
On an obvious, literal level, when you chop onions your automatic response is to cry. It will blind you with tears like a lover Declarative sentence; this will happen (modal verb will) Like onions, it can cause tears. Could be because of: Jealousy Break ups Arguments Feeling trapped Joy
Engagements Weddings blind suggests you could become oblivious to its effects. Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips Personification of kiss: juxtaposition between fierce
and kiss suggests a tender gesture can still be violent. It reminds us of and contrasts with the careful undressing earlier in the poem. The taste of an onion and the emotion of love are both powerful and last a long time, perhaps even when the relationship has ended. This is an idea which is explored in the final lines of the poem too. Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips
Lustful. Meaningful. Strong. Dangerous. Painful. Clings you cant get rid of it. Stay with you like a stain. Use of sibilants to convey danger.
Fierce connotes horror and being scared. Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring Platinum refers back to the colour of the moon and to a precious metal. The word loop (rather than ring) may challenge the ring as symbol of eternity and instead suggest entrapment. This is further borne out by the word shrink, which implies that marriage is a diminutive action which restricts your freedom. In keeping with the extended metaphor, platinum loops could refer to the visual appearance of a sliced onion. Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring Shrink means to get less and less. Wedding ring could be the end of love, final stage or the end of the relationship.
Each layer is a different phase of love as you find out more and more about the person. Loops seems never ending [though consider the word choice, rather than ring] Inner layer is where you find a true soul mate. Once married, love isnt the same as people stop trying. Lethal. Its scent will cling to your fingers, Cling to your knife. Lethal is an emotive word sentence which could equate married life to death (figuratively i.e. of individuality)!
Could suggest love is (emotionally, physically?) dangerous. The scent of an onion is a symbol of the thoughts and emotions; memories of love that remain once a relationship has ended. Perhaps true and meaningful honest love will outlast the relationship whereas false (Valentine's Day) love will disappear quickly. Verb cling suggests lack of freedom. Knife connotes violence, sharpness, pain and links the love to danger. Alternatively, the persona could be cutting away false ideas of love. Or it could symbolise the ending of a relationship as all ties are severed. Lethal. Its scent will cling to your fingers, Cling to your knife. Use of hyperbole.
Personifies love. Cling: Unable to remove scar of love. Love will leave a mark on you. Love is hard to escape. Love can be dangerous used like a knife.
Metaphorically, love can kill you. Love is painful and hurts. A physical gift is given, although seemingly not accepted by the lover as this is repeated later Suggests tenderness, affection,
warmth and sensitivity between the lovers as they gradually allow external barriers to come down Stanzas 1 and 2 Not a red rose or a satin heart I give you an onion. It is a moon wrapped in brown paper. It promises light Like the careful undressing of love. Simile: like an onions layers, the ever increasing depth of love discovered as you get deeper
(emotionally) in a relationship, or a lover undressing (can be a positive, physical image). In context of the poem, the speaker will strip away any Personification of the moon: with imagination, the gift promises light (of the moon), figuratively representing goodness, truth and a deeper meaning these are what the typical
gifts of Valentine's Day lack Stanzas 3, 4 and 5 One of a series of short how you sentence imperatives appear in Here. (like Take it) . the mirror. It will blind you with tears Here suggests like a lover. How you the lover has It will make your reflection not accepted see
A wobbling photo of grief. the gift but it is yourself offered without I am trying to be truthful. artificial ceremony or Not a cute card or a kissogram. false wrapping. It could Positive aspect of emphasise that love but also can be a gift (of Metaphor: Tears have painful to her lover truths)
is blurred the photo as she opens up. unavoidable wobbling could be Contrast to sadness or vulnerability. traditional (fake) Grief links to the word Valentines Day gift. lethal at the end of the This line stands poem alone isolated and Stanza 6 and 7 Parallelism : speaker I give you an onion. Are these good continues Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
or bad to offer Possessive and faithful qualities? Is gift before As we are, this a revealing For as long as we are. contradiction/ true juxtaposition? nature of Take it. Possessive of love Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring, each other but If you like. faithful and No Lethal. true?
guarantee Its scent will cling to your fingers, that their Cling to your knife. love will last. Avoids clich that love will be Onus is on reader to Repetition of ".forever". decide for themselves. cling First person Warning that love reiterating plural brings chance of suffocating pronoun rejection and failure nature of love "We" shows
this is about Form and structure: 1.Present tense dramatic monologue. The narrator is speaking to her lover, but he does not reply. 2.Distinctly one-sided dialogue (with many imperatives commands) which expresses the perspective of the narrator and perhaps invites the reader to enter the debate. 3.Critique of the clichd commercial form that the modern Valentine's Day has become and of the dishonest presentation of love. 4.Important ideas have been deliberately highlighted by isolating them in the form of one line stanzas. 5.Each stanza is very short, and several are only one line long. This form echoes the form of an onion itself, and the layers that go to make it up. 6.While ostensibly a poem on the theme of love, Duffy deliberately avoids the use of language or imagery that we associate with this type of poetry. Instead, the words are often stark and monosyllabic to allow her to present her ideas clearly and unambiguously. Uses onion as conceit (extended metaphor used as a comparison) compares
onion with nature of love. What do think are key themes? Your ideas Romantic love Marriage Truth Danger What is the poems main message? Your ideas An onion more honestly describes
the state of love, both the positives and (potentially Multiple choice quiz Useful tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMyAGCoAq8I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLG-F0MCC4I http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zwpnn39/ revision/1 http://blogs.swa-jkt.com/swa/10318/files/2014/06/ValentinePoem-Analysis1.pdf
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