Reading Themes Valentine 2014 - Poetry and Book Love

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


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:


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. 🙂


What are you giving your loved ones this Valentine Week?

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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!


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


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


  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!


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


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