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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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A 1,000 Word Critique of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” [66%, 2004]

Image of the fourth and final marked page of Chris Larham's 1,000 word critique of Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" [66%, 2004].

In this critique of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”, I aim to demonstrate that Mel McGinnis cathartically releases his views on love onto an educated threesome (his wife, Terri, his friend, Nick, and Nick’s wife, Laura). Mel has been deeply considering the nature of love; by the end of the critique I hope to illustrate how Mel totally dominates the conversation to get his ideas across by closely analysing the following constructs in relation to each individual: rapport; kinesics; gaze behaviour; tonality and linguistic register; and by placing each character within one of the five Satir Categories.[…]

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Posted in English Degree [Bachelor of Arts]