Ken, Valentine

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Valentine
By Ken Lee
Hook
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4VVrl3Cqio
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
Valentine
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.
15
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.
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
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
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)
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
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
Symbol
red rose (Line 1)
satin heart (Line 1)
cute card (Line 12)
Kissogram (Line 12)
Onion (Line 2)
Moon (Line 3)
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)
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)
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.”
Diction
“Here.” (Line 6)
“Take it” (Line 18)
“Loops” (Line 19)
“Lethal” (Line 21)
“Blind” (Line 7)
“Tears” (Line 7)
“Reflection” (Line 9)
“Wobbling” (Line 10)
Oxymoron
“fierce kiss” (Line 14)
“I am trying to be truthful.
Not a cute card or a kissogram.”
(Line 11-12)
Prosodic
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 Bibbit’s love for Sandy?
Websites Consulted
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Cover Page: http://olivemasen.blogspot.com/
Gave my wife or girlfriend a terrible gift: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4VVrl3Cqio
Peeling Onion: http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=47883&cn=91
Biting Onion: http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-biting-onion-image550022
Holding Onion: http://www.policymed.com/2009/05/peeling-the-onion-cardiologist-look-atcoi.html
Smelly Onion: http://max.wilsonsd.org:8080/Clip_Art/Pmpa2/food/food/page_bc.htm
Rings: http://www.redbookmag.com/love-sex/blogs/aaron-traister/husband-wedding-ring
Sliced Onion: http://www.theardentcook.com/crispy-fried-onion-rings-and-company/
Blurry Image: http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/File:Rainbow_Dash's_blurry_vision_S2E16.png
Fierce Kiss: http://www.wikihow.com/Kiss-Passionately
Red Rose: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Small_Red_Rose.JPG
Moon: http://www.space.com/55-earths-moon-formation-composition-and-orbit.html
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