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In Paris With You

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Joseph Bleek

on 4 October 2012

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Transcript of In Paris With You

In Paris With You This is James Fenton James Fenton was born in 1949 in Lincoln.
He has worked as a political journalist, book reviewer, war correspondant, foreign correspondant and columnist. In Paris With You

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. Assonance Rhyme Repetition Paris is known as the city of lovers, rejecting it's most famous landmarks suggests that this isn't a traditional love poem. Suggests that someone is drunk. The horrible hotel could be reflecting their relationship. The crack in the ceiling could be their relationship breaking and the little bit of Paris in their view could be the tiny bit of hope they have left. It says 'I'm one of your talking wounded. I'm a hostage' which could indicate that she is a victim of abuse. In the poem In Paris With You it sounds like James Fenton has written in the perspective of a woman. It also says 'I'm in Paris with your eyes, your mouth' which means he's always talking about what he wants to talk about and he is always watching her. 'Am I embarrassing you' could be
asking if he is embarrassed to be seen with her. Champs Elysées Notre Dame Louvre In Paris With You is about an abusive relationship and there are clues about domestic violence:

Don't talk to me of love, I've had an earful...
...I'm one of your talking wounded
I'm a hostage... In Paris With You came from a book called
'The New Faber Book of Love Poems'. The middle stanza is indented because she wants to push him away and it's the stuff he wants to do. All of the stanzas are have 5 lines apart from the last stanza which has 6 lines. This is because her mind is breaking away from him so the final stanza is breaking away from it's own structure. Themes: Relationship Breakdown
Domestic violence
False Hope The rhyme is A,B,C,C,B An earful could mean that she has heard enough of his talk but it could also mean she has physically been struck in the ear. Wounded could mean she is emotionally wounded or has been physically wounded. Hostage could either mean
she feels trapped or is actually
being held back. Ambiguity The End by Joe
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