Themes

Like most of the poems in Duffy’s Mean Time collection, Valentine deals with those involved in damaged or irreconcilable relationships.

In Valentine, Duffy ends on a warning note that love can be Lethal and so life-threatening, forcing the reader to confront the notion that a real love based on honesty and truthfulness can be painful and destructive as well as fulfilling and enriching.

The allusion to the negative aspects of conventional relationships suggests that, ultimately, they can often be restrictive to the individual, while a love which is free from such constraints is an ideal worth pursuing.

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