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S5 English. Good Morning S5! In todays lesson we will... Revise poetic techniques. Think about the theme of love. Study a poem by Carol Anne Duffy.

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1 S5 English

2 Good Morning S5! In todays lesson we will... Revise poetic techniques. Think about the theme of love. Study a poem by Carol Anne Duffy

3 LOVE How do you tell someone that you love them? Shakespeare Shall I compare thee to a summers day? Ill say she looks as clear as morning roses newly washed with dew. Burns Oh my luves like a red, red rose. But to see her was to love her, love but her, and love her forever.

4 Wendy Cope Theres not a Shakespeare sonnet Or a Beethoven quartet Thats easier to like than you Or harder to forget. You think that sounds extravagant? I havent finished yet.. I like you more than I would like To______________________

5 Different aspects of love... Read the short poem in your group – what aspect of love is the poet celebrating/commenting on?

6 Valentine by Carol Anne Duffy What symbols of conventional love does the title suggest?

7 Valentine In the poem, Duffy uses the symbol of an onion to describe love. Before reading the poem, decide in your group how an onion might represent love?

8 Valentine Copy the poem onto your A3 page. Make sure you follow the punctuation exactly. 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.

9 Valentine The big picture... What is this poem about? In your groups come up with an answer. Now follow your 10 step how to study a poem tips and write down your thoughts.

10 Valentine What is the poem about? On the surface, the poem is about the giving of an unusual present for Valentines Day, but it is really an exploration of love and the nature of relationships between two people. The central image is of an onion and it is used throughout the poem as an extended metaphor for love.

11 Valentine In your group, take a statement from the poem and explain it to your classmates. What is the poet saying about love? How does she say it? Think about tone, language and structure.

12 Valentine Statement 1 It is a moon wrapped in brown paper. It promises light like the careful undressing of love. She believes in gifts despite rejection of satin hearts The brown skin like paper – idea of unwrapping a present Undressing each other? Layers in a person? Hope? Tender, gentle Conventional romantic object

13 Valentine Statement 2 It will blind you with tears like a lover. Tears of joy? Or heartache? Love hurts Idea of the tears that come when you chop an onion A lover has the potential to cause tears Love is blind...

14 Valentine Statement 3 It will make your reflection a wobbling photo of grief. Idea of loss, hurt, pain and grief Idea of looking at your reflection with tears in your eyes

15 Valentine Statement 4 Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips, possessive and faithful Is this an oxymoron or symbolising passion? Love is possessive and faithful When relationship ends, the bitterness lingers. Love is unforgettable The flavour is persistent, the taste is like a kiss that lasts

16 Valentine Statement 5 Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring, if you like. Suggests wedding is not important to her? Addressing her partner/lover You can make this more conventional but hints she doesnt care? Colour of onion (and ring)

17 Valentine Statement 6 Its scent will cling to your fingers, cling to your knife. Links marriage to a wound The capacity of love to hurt Hint of a threat?

18 Valentine Subject MatterIdeas and Attitudes Language Form/Structure What is the poem about? What is the poets attitude to love? What is her tone? How does Duffy show her disapproval for the traditional Valentine gifts? Comment on her use of I and you. Comment on lines 6, 11 and 18. Select 5 interesting uses of language and analyse them fully.

19 Valentine Subject matterIdeas and Attitudes LanguageForm/Structure Initially she is positive about the love she offers- it has many layers which promise a joyful future. However, the end is not as positive with her suggestion that one partner may end relationship. Written in FREE VERSE – no obvious rhyme scheme. It echoes the naturalness of speech and suggests love has no order or pattern. Repetition of line structure. Repetition of not. promise, light suggest positive aspects of relationship. As poem progresses there is more focus on strength and power of relationship – fierce, possessive, faithful. At end, Duffy suggests intensity of lovers may be too much for relationship, forcing an ending – lethal. A universal poem – it could be any lover to any beloved as there is no indication of the sex of either I or you. Onion is an extended metaphor for love.

20 Is the poem... Cynical about love? Realistic about love? Idealistic about love? Pessimistic about love?


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