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    Does anyone have any notes on valetine by carol ann duffy? I have my prelim next week and my teachers notes are useless
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    Hello Why don't you take a look at the poem and post some ideas of your own that people can help you to develop? It's quite unlikely that people will 'give' their notes to you blindly, but will probably be a lot more forthcoming if you can show us some of your own analytical work first.

    Edit: There are also quite a lot of people on TSR who are studying Carol Ann Duffy - perhaps you could exchange notes with them by PMing/replying to some of the earlier threads. Hope this helps!
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    okays....well I have notes on the extended metaphor of the onion which is literal and physical in the poem. It challenges against the idea of stereotypical valentines gifts.

    What i don't understand is how to expand these ideas to make them work in an essay
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    (Original post by lianne_s)
    okays....well I have notes on the extended metaphor of the onion which is literal and physical in the poem. It challenges against the idea of stereotypical valentines gifts.

    What i don't understand is how to expand these ideas to make them work in an essay
    It might help if you split your essay in the following way:

    Content/Meaning
    Consider what the poem is about - forgetting poetic devices/form/structure/etc, what is Duffy essentially trying to say? What does she seem to believe about love? Pay particular attention to the last stanza here. Make sure you discuss the physical and metaphysical significance of the onion throughout.

    Form
    Why does she choose the form of a poem? Do you assume that the speaker is Duffy? Why? If it's not her, who could it be? Do you assume the speaker is a woman? Why?

    Structure
    Why does she lay out the poem in this way? Is there a pattern? Why/why not?
    What is the effect of the rhythm/rhyme scheme, or the apparent lack of this in places? Is anything else lacking? Why are notions of 'absence' important here?

    Poetic devices, etc
    Look for the usual: alliteration, long and soft vowel sounds vs. harsh, plosive consonants, sibilance, similes, any other metaphors.

    One other thing to consider - you say Duffy is challenging traditional Valentine gifts - what else is she challenging?

    Hopefully this will get you started. I haven't studied Duffy myself so these are just a few thoughts I've jotted down from a quick reading. Of course, you'll have to relate these points to whatever the focus of your essay is, but I hope these points will help you to get a more rounded view of the poem. Feel free to ask me to clarify anything.
 
 
 
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