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A Close Analysis of Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Valentine’ [66%, 2004]

An image of the feedback sheet critiquing Chris Larham's close analysis of Carol Ann Duffy's 'Valentine' [66%, 2004].

In this close analysis of Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Valentine’, I intend to demonstrate that Duffy forces her gift of an onion onto the object of her affection – an honest, yet threatening, gesture. I will do this by working my way analytically through the poem, before highlighting the way in which the onion is used to symbolize Duffy’s beliefs about relationships. Through probing her lexical choices, I shall highlight the menacing subtext to her poem.[…]

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Posted in English Degree [Bachelor of Arts]