[Valentine Week 2014] Carol Ann Duffy’s “Valentine”

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Myra here.

We are celebrating Valentine Week with Poetry and Book Love. And so we plan on sharing as much poetry as speaks to us this week. Here is a poem that I found from this collection of poetry that I borrowed from the library:

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As most of you may know, I have a special affinity with Carol Ann Duffy after hearing her read her poetry aloud during the Singapore Writers Festival last year. And so when I saw a poem written by her included in this collection, I pounced on it, and it’s a Valentine Poem too! I found it interesting that instead of the usual roses and chocolates, the poet decides to give an onion instead.

I took a photo of the page and edited it using a photo-editing app. :)

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What are you giving your loved ones this Valentine Week?

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9 Comments on [Valentine Week 2014] Carol Ann Duffy’s “Valentine”

  1. I LOVE this onion poem – especially “It is a moon, wrapped in brown paper. It promises light like the careful undressing of love”. Such a great image! I’m working on metaphor with my grade 7’s – am debating sharing this image with them – but concerned that the “undressing” image might send them all into inappropriate connections and giggles! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Wonderful poem! I’m just discovering her work; hadn’t seen this one yet. :)

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  3. That’s a very nice poem. Unfortunately, though, I haven’t really found anything to read for Valentine’s Day.

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  4. It’s always a pleasure to have a moon poem, right? And an onion wrapped in brown paper, perfect. I may need to buy this book, Myra. The poems are lovely!

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  5. a more realistic view of how love can be! lol

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