This poem expresses love and affection in the form of a conceit whereby the symbol of love being offered by the persona is an unconventional onion.
What is a conceit?
A poem in which unconventional or an unusual object is used as a symbol different from the norm such as an onion as a gift of love
A poem in which the poet declares undying love to their lover
A poem consisting of fourteen lines
What object does the speaker choose as a fitting valentine gift?
A picture of a moon
A wedding band
Which of these is an example of the imperative command used to put across the speaker’s forceful attitude?
I give you an onion
Not a red rose or a satin heart
Why does the speaker present their lover with an onion?
Because it is meant to symbolise the moon
Because it is meant to symbolise the pointlessness of expensive more traditional gifts
Because it is meant to symbolise truth and honesty which can come with a loving relationship
Which of these statements best describes the structure of the poem?
Free verse written in regular stanzas
Iambic pantemeter in irregular stanzas
Free verse in irregular stanzas
Which of these phrases is an extended metaphor, emphasising how a relationship can be painful?
It will make your reflection a wobbling photo of grief
It will blind you with tears
Not a cute card or a kiss gram
Which statement reveals that the speaker desires complete honesty in a relationship?
I am trying to be truthful
It’s fierce kiss will stay on your lips
Which of these adjectives suggests an element of jealousy and need for control from the speaker concerning the relationship?
What is the speaker trying to suggest about traditional romantic relationships which culminate in marriage through the use of the word choice ‘shrinks’ in the poem?
Marriage can cause a relationship to shrivel up and die due to enforced compromise and restrictions
Marriage will bring pain and destruction to a relationship
Marriage is precious but will only end in heartbreak if pursued as it is too big a commitment
What is the main theme explored in this poem?
That real love based on honesty and truthfulness will never bring heartbreak
That real love based on honesty and truthfulness is impossible to attain
That real love based on honesty and truthfulness can often bring pain and heartbreak