Roses are red, onions are brown
Happy Valentines Day everyone! What are symbols of love in your country? Red roses, diamond rings, red satin hearts, a box of chocolates? Do you have the tradition of sending Valentines cards (or originally letters) to the one you love on February 14th? I suppose you know that you should never sign your name on the card and the recipient should be left wondering who has a crush on them!
In the UK, Valentine’s Day is often criticised for being too commercial. It’s all about what you buy for someone nowadays, not the real sentiments; that is to say the love has gone and people only care about receiving gifts!! Maybe that’s true but it’s always nice to get a present and a card from your loved one isn’t it? :-) I noticed on Yahoo! yesterday that not only can people send Valentines e –cards but also ‘anti-Valentines’ can be sent? I found that strange!
I thought I would send you a poem in celebration of this day, Anastasia. Let me know what you think of it and what message you think the poet is trying to get across. What do you think of the poet’s use of love symbols and imagery, what do you think her attitude towards her lover is? What gift is she giving and what do you think the reasons are for this choice of gift?
Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy
Before I sign off for today, I’m going to leave you with a few ‘lurve’ (love) related expressions which I hope you can write into another short story. You did the rat tale so well, I’m asking for more as its fun for us all to read. Have a bash at it!
Just of the love of something
A labour of love
Not for love or money
All fair in love and war
There’s no love lost between A and B
To be loved up
I hope you get a nice surprise from your boyfriend today Anastasia and I'm sending lots of virtual flowers and chocolates and red hearts to everyone just to make sure you all have a happy day.
recipient(n) someone who receives something
to have a crush on someone strong liking for someone (usually brief)
commercial (adj) concerned with business and making a profit
grief (n) deep sadness or sorrow
kissogram (n) booking the service of a person(usually a woman) delivering a kiss to a person of your choice
platinum (n) greyish white metal used to make jewellery
lethal (adj) deadly
scent (n) smell
to have a bash at something to have an attempt, to try
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