Valentine (Sibilance ("as we are, for as long as we are.", '…
"as we are, for as long as we are."
Qualities in a relationship
Imagery of Death- Till death do us part?
Relationship won't last?
End of relationship?
Concept is unconventional
"Not a cute card or a kissogram"
"Not a red rose or a satin heart"
Onion is a conceit (Extended metaphor)
Relationship is unconventional?
Onion represents relationship
'Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding ring'
Strong and long lasting
"Its scent will cling to your fingers"
'It will blind you with tears"
arguments and happy moments (ambiguous)
Till death do us part
"Like the careful undressing of love
Links to previously mentioned brown paper
Opening up to someone
It is a slow sensitive process
Suggests that relationship may be possessive or violent
It is philosophical, hopeful and persuasive
"For as long as we are
'A wobbling photo of grief' (Temporary)
'If you like'
"It is a moon wrapped in brown paper"
moon is a guiding light
brown paper is a functional gift wrap
Light and dark imagery
'moon' has connotations of night time
"Like a lover"
"Like the careful undressing of love"
All senses mixed up
All senses are mentioned in the poem
Personal and reflective
Carol Ann Duffy
Emphatic lines- Not cliché