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1 Valentine By Ken Lee

2 Hook

3 Not a red rose or a satin heart. 1 I give you an onion. It is a moon wrapped in brown paper. It promises light like the careful undressing of love. 5 Here. It will blind you with tears like a lover. It will make your reflection a wobbling photo of grief. 10 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 15 as we are, for as long as we are. Take it. Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring, if you like. 20 Lethal. Its scent will cling to your fingers, cling to your knife. Valentine

4 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. Here. 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. Simile Symbol Metaphor Imagery Diction Oxymoron Hyperbole Prosodic Enjambment Personification

5 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. Lethal. Its scent will cling to your fingers, cling to your knife. Simile Symbol Metaphor Imagery Diction Oxymoron Hyperbole Prosodic Enjambment Personification

6 Valentine Form 7 Stanzas No pattern in lines (1-6) No order of syllables (2-10) 5 Cases of Enjambment No frequent Rhyme Internal Cross Tone: Imperative and Passionate Free Verse (Not a Sonnet)

7 Literal Meaning Does not like traditional Valentine gifts Provides an Onion as a valentines gift for the lover The Onion cause crying Onion slices turn into wedding rings How the scent of an onion can stay on the lips and fingers

8 Figurative Meaning Defying Traditional love symbols Redefining love symbols Onion = Shows both sides Red Roses = Shows the Utopic side Actual symbol of love Love has two sides

9 Symbol red rose (Line 1) satin heart (Line 1) cute card (Line 12) Kissogram (Line 12) Onion (Line 2) Moon (Line 3)

10 Figurative Language like the careful undressing of love. (Line 5) It will blind you with tears like a lover. (Line 7-8) moon wrapped in brown paper. (Line 4) It will blind you with tears (Line 7) Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips, (Line 14) Its scent will cling to your fingers, (Line 22) It promises light (Line 5)

11 Imagery It is a moon wrapped in brown paper. (Line 3) It will blind you with tears (Line 7) It will make your reflection a wobbling photo of grief. (Line 9-10) Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring, (Line 19) Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips, (Line 14) Its scent will cling to your fingers, (Line 22)

12 Enjambment possessive and faithful as we are, (Line 15) Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring, if you like. (Line 19) It promises light like the careful undressing of love.(Line 4) It will blind you with tears like a lover.

13 Diction Here. (Line 6) Take it (Line 18) Blind (Line 7) Tears (Line 7) Reflection (Line 9) Wobbling (Line 10) Loops (Line 19) Lethal (Line 21)

14 Oxymoron fierce kiss (Line 14) Prosodic I am trying to be truthful. Not a cute card or a kissogram. (Line 11-12)

15 Discussion Question Is there another object that could represent Valentines better than the onion, why? Is the Onion an accurate symbol for valentines, why? Would the meaning of the poem change if it was written like a traditional love poem? How does this poem relate to Billy Bibbits love for Sandy?

16 Websites Consulted Cover Page: Gave my wife or girlfriend a terrible gift: Peeling Onion: Biting Onion: Holding Onion: coi.htmlhttp://www.policymed.com/2009/05/peeling-the-onion-cardiologist-look-at- coi.html Smelly Onion: Rings: Sliced Onion: Blurry Image: Fierce Kiss: Red Rose: Moon:


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