Carol Ann Duffy

(1955 / Glasgow / Scotland)

Valentine - Poem by Carol Ann Duffy

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

Topic(s) of this poem: food

Comments about Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

  • (5/24/2019 3:32:00 AM)

    this poem is fantabulous and I love big pp (Report)Reply

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  • (5/24/2019 3:29:00 AM)

    I love it a lot and it is very smert (Report)Reply

    (5/24/2019 4:07:00 AM)

    i think youre very smert

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  • (5/23/2019 3:01:00 AM)

    it's very good and I really liked it (Report)Reply

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  • (3/14/2019 6:12:00 AM)

    My favourite Shrek poem (Report)Reply

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  • (3/3/2019 4:59:00 PM)

    makes me want to commit not living (Report)Reply

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  • (10/24/2018 3:14:00 AM)

    I think its really clever how she used an onion to describe what love is? but what is love is it caring for someone/or maybe just to hang round with people but carol ann-duffy has describe love as some ways lethal as it could be and she donst want to be tradtional she wants to be unique and that is what she is. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/29/2018 2:04:00 AM)

    good but cheap like my soul (Report)Reply

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  • (7/17/2018 5:30:00 AM)

    naughty in the forty (Report)Reply

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  • (5/18/2018 2:19:00 AM)

    10/10 for the nostalgia. Always thought the connection between the strong smelling tiny shallots and wedding rings was a really intelligent use of imagery, nicely done (y) (Report)Reply

    (5/18/2018 2:21:00 AM)

    Strong tiny shallots*

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  • (4/28/2018 2:58:00 PM)

    I love this poem. It so very clever in the way Carol Ann connects characteristics of an onion to the intensity of love.
    I had booked to see Carolyn at Edinburgh Book Festival last summer but was unfortunately taken into hospital. I hope she will be there this year so I can catch up.

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  • (4/24/2018 10:12:00 AM)

    It sucks more than me Already ReportedReply

    (6/21/2019 3:38:00 AM)

    I agree sucker

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  • (2/13/2018 12:56:00 AM)

    I just love it. Comparing onion and love (Report)Reply

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  • (2/8/2018 7:48:00 AM)

    really like the poem, showing the metaphorical onion breaking the cliché borders of 'satin hearts' and 'red roses' (Report)Reply

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  • (1/31/2018 8:40:00 AM)

    would u like to see my big fat hairy beaver Already ReportedReply

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  • (12/6/2017 4:50:00 AM)

    that is one good poem and you need to make it more sad (Report)Reply

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  • (12/4/2017 5:17:00 AM)

    big shaq fire in the booth (Report)Reply

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  • (4/22/2016 5:44:00 AM)

    Fantastic imagery and an excellent metaphor. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (10/26/2015 1:50:00 AM)

    She is fierce, wry, and her eye is very discerning. Read her carefully. Enjoy her well (Report)Reply

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  • (4/26/2015 1:42:00 AM)

    For Valentine’s Day not ‘red rose, satin heart, cute card….kissogram’, just onions.
    Throughout the poem the onion is a metaphor for love, developed in different ways.
    You must be careful with love to get its benefit, just as you must be careful with the onion. The ‘onion’ in this poem is also an image which forms an analogy for the poet’s views and attitude to love relationship and romance.
    As always stunning and unique!

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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (2/14/2015 11:57:00 PM)

    Fantastic project to onionify a gift to a special day, at least a day to demonstrate the degree of love to the special one. Fantastic metaphor. Thanks a lot. Enjoyed much. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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