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‘In Paris with You’

‘In Paris with You’ James Fenton revision notes GCSE English Ormerod

PoemKey Points
‘In Paris with You’ James Fenton SUMMARY Recounted by a narrator whose relationship has just ended and who is now in Paris with someone else. He does not want to talk about the relationship or enjoy Paris – just to enjoy the moment.
‘In Paris with You’ James Fenton THEMES Enjoying the present without having to take responsibility for the past or the future.
‘In Paris with You’ James Fenton FEELINGS Self-pity. Bitterness. Humour. Intimacy. Teasing.
‘In Paris with You’ James Fenton STRUCTURE The poem has four stanzas of 5 or 6 lines, with a longer stanza of 9 lines in the centre like a chorus, in which the mood of the poem changes. The first half of the poem deals with the past; the second half is concerned with enjoying the present.
‘In Paris with You’ James Fenton LANGUAGE Written in the first person. Suggests we are hearing one side of a conversation. Use of colloquial language- informal, honest. Word play/humour – ‘I'm one of your talking wounded’ ‘maroonded’
‘In Paris with You’ James Fenton KEY QUOTES I’m on the rebound’ ‘I’ve had an earful’ ‘I’m a hostage’ ‘Don’t talk to me of love’
‘In Paris with You’ James Fenton LINKS TO… ‘To His Coy Mistress’ narrator as seducer, humour. ‘Quickdraw’ being hurt by someone. ‘Hour’ love developing in everyday surroundings.
Created by: lesleycollins