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In Paris With You
Transcript of In Paris With You
What do you associate with 'romance'?
What do you associate with 'lust'?
What is the difference?
Lust Vs Love
Where does the 'Eiffel Tower', 'The Louvre', 'fancy restaurants' and 'Stade de France' fit in? Love or Lust?
Themes present within in the poem.
Lust Vs Romance
Commitment (or lack of)
Hurt or fear?
Read through these words and put them into two columns: 'To do with love' and 'Not to do with love'
bamboozled embarrassing eyes hostage hotel
love mouth Paris rebound resentful
sleazy sod off talk tearful wounded
What do you think the poem will be about? Love?
FIND EXAMPLES OF
EACH OF THE
What does this first line suggest about the tone of the poem?
What does "I've had an earful" suggest about the narrator's experience of love?
What is the effect of the alliteration in line 2?
What language feature is used here and what is its effect?
Is there any ambiguity?
How has the narrator presented himself in line 4?
Is there a change in tone here? What does this suggest about the narrator's thoughts? - Think about the word "But".
Why the change in word order? Usually it would say "I don't care where we are bound". What does it suggest about the narrator's thoughts?
This is a euphemism. What is it a euphemism for? Why do you think Fenton has used it when he is happy to say "sod off" earlier? Think about what it shows about his feelings of being in the hotel room with this women.
What effect does this negativity towards 'the most romantic city' have on the reader? How do they view the narrator? How do you respond to this?
Is the hotel "sleazy" or is he trying to say something else?
What do the last two lines suggest about how the narrator feels about himself and the person with them? Consider the use of "what" and "who".
How does Fenton challenge our view of 'love' and expectations of Paris in stanza 4?
Why repeat 'Paris' in this stanza? What is the difference between this and the specific locations in Paris in stanza 3?
What does the word 'crack' suggest? Is there a hidden meaning? Or does it really mean just the crack across the ceiling?
Is this just talking about the geographical areas on a body or is it a euphemism for something else?
Another euphemism here. Is this a different tone to the euphemism in stanza 3? What is the effect?
Use of rhetorical question. How has the tone changed in this stanza? Is Fenton frustrated? Annoyed? Wounded? Embarrassed? or Teasing? Having fun? Playful?
Fenton uses 'I' throughout. However, he also uses 'you'. What is the effect on the reader? How does it involve us into the poem?
After looking at the language in more detail, is this a poem of love? romance? desire? pain? rebound? fear? lust?
Consider the themes of the poem and how the language "fits in" with these themes.
Don’t talk to me of love. I’ve had an earful
And I get tearful when I’ve downed a drink or two.
I’m one of your talking wounded.
I’m a hostage. I’m maroonded.
But I’m in Paris with you.
Yes I’m angry at the way I’ve been bamboozled
And resentful at the mess I’ve been through.
I admit I’m on the rebound
And I don’t care where are we bound.
I’m in Paris with you.
Do you mind if we do not go to the Louvre,
If we say sod off to sodding Notre Dame,
If we skip the Champs Elysées
And remain here in this sleazy
Old hotel room
Doing this and that
To what and whom
Learning who you are,
Learning what I am.
Don’t talk to me of love. Let’s talk of Paris,
The little bit of Paris in our view.
There’s that crack across the ceiling
And the hotel walls are peeling
And I’m in Paris with you.
Don’t talk to me of love. Let’s talk of Paris.
I’m in Paris with the slightest thing you do.
I’m in Paris with your eyes, your mouth,
I’m in Paris with… all points south.
Am I embarrassing you?
I’m in Paris with you.
'In Paris with You' does not fit into a particular definition of a form such as the sonnet. Instead, Fenton makes use of strong rhythms and rhymes and uses the layout of the poem on the page for effect.
The rhyming scheme
Stanzas one, two and four follow a rhyme scheme of abccb, extended to abccbb in the last stanza. What is the effect of these rhymes? What is the tone of the poem?
Why do you think Fenton has chosen to write using such a strong sense of rhythm and rhyme, given the subject-matter of the poem?
What does the use of the repetition of 'I'm in Paris with you' emphasize? (Use of a refrain)
Why do you think Fenton has indented the third stanza?
Use of stanzas
Why do you think Fenton has used stanzas? Think about what each stanza is about and whether or not ideas/thoughts/feelings change.
What is your overall impression of the poem now?
Do you think the relationship in the poem will last? Why, or why not?
Do you think it is a romantic poem?
Do you think Fenton has managed to write effectively about how people feel after being in love? How effective do you think the techniques (language and structural) are?
What themes do you think are present in the poem?
Explore how Fenton uses the setting in his poem to reflect the persona's feelings towards 'love'.
In pairs or groups, write a plan for this answer. (Bullet point ideas)
What do you need to remember for an answer to this question?
What do you think Fenton has used enjambment?