Both poems investigate different aspects of love; however, there are some similarities in the underlying messages and the poets’ view of love as well as differences.
As in many of Duffy’s other poems, ‘Valentine’ reflects on time, change and loss.
Society will not accept romantic love between relatives, but friendship love is encouraged and an amazing aspect to have.
Everybody experiences love in a different way and may not agree with the concepts that it is dealt with.
Some people search for what seems their whole lifetime for love, whereas others may seem to fall in and out of love on a regular basis.
Of course, people can love many things, but the love between two people is unique and special. Love is rarely defined because everyone experiences it differently.
What one person thinks is love, another may think is craze or vice versa. How is it possible to distinguish between the love of romance and the love shared between friends?
In order Girlfriends may have different friendship love for each other than a male and female friend pair may have; the same for male friends.
Shakespeare shows that true love is eternal even when the beauty of that person has gone, the love shared between the two people still remains the same.
Similarly, in “Valentine”, Duffy suggests that true love is perpetual, through the use of “an onion” as a symbol of love.