Analysis Of Valentine's Day By Carol Ann Duffy

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Ordinarily, Valentine’s Day conjures up images of exchanging flowers, chocolates, cards, and so on and so forth for most people, except Carol Ann Duffy, who buys her lover’s Valentine’s Day gift in the produce aisle of her local grocery store, an onion. In her poem appropriately titled, “Valentine,” she challenges her lover to adopt her what she deems a realistic notion that if one has true love for another, romance can be found in any gift, even something as unromantic as an onion. In order to convey the message that gifts of love are subjective and do not have to align with tradition; she uses an extended metaphor to compare her love to an onion throughout the poem. From its beginning, Duffy demonstrates her rejection of traditional Valentine’s Day…show more content…
She is referencing the way lovers are often considered “blinded” by love and unable to see the faults of their partner in the same way that an onion will make one’s eyes tear up and cause temporary “blindness” in an individual. Duffy reinforces this idea in stanzas nine and 10: “It will make your reflection / A wobbling photo of grief” meaning the tears of both love and those of an onion distort one’s vision when they are in love. To build upon her argument that an onion is the perfect symbol of love, she bluntly states to her lover in stanzas 14-17: “Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips / Possessive and faithful / As we are / For as long as we are.” Onions have a long-lasting aftertaste and its strong smell usually will linger on ones breath in the same way that passionate emotions left by a lover’s kiss can linger long after your lover has stopped kissing you. Duffy wants her lover to know that his kiss is so “fierce” that it takes “possession” of her mind and heart resulting in an everlasting and faithful
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