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In Paris Point Example Effect
Irregular form The 3rd and longest stanza acts as a chorus in which the mood of the poem changes from being negative by describing the lead
Stanzas 1, 2, 4= up to the current situation, to being positive about enjoying the present.
5 lines The structure of the poem is used to highlight ideas; the third stanza is marked out by indentation and shorter line length.
Stanza 3= 9 This implies the separation from the world they feel whilst in their hotel room.
lines The Final stanza breaks down the pattern of 5 lines
Stanza 5= 6
Colloquial language `had an earful', Colloquial language gives the impression he is no mood to for travelling and certainly shows no interest in the attractions of
Humorous `downed a drink or the romantic city of Paris. He also makes little effort to be polite to his companion by saying that he's `had an earful' suggesting
he doesn't want to hear her talk much. The colloquial language could also hint at his alcohol intoxication.
Innuendos throughout `talking wounded'
Caesura `maroonded' Colloquialisms and clichés are found in this poem as well as the playing with language for comic effect: the playful use of
Enjambment `I'm in Paris with you', `talking wounded' as well as placing `maroonded'' in the centre of the war metaphor, highlights the internal conflict between
Rhetorical questions `Don't talk to me emotional honesty and fear of letting his guard down.
about love' The repeated line "I'm in Paris with you" - and variations on it - can be described as a refrain (lines that are repeated in a
`All points south'
song). The use of repetition reflects the speaker's insistent concentration on the present. The repetition in the last stanza of
`I'm a hostage'
``Doing this and that `I'm in Paris with' suggests that he is already beginning to forget his previous relationship as he gets carried away.
to what and whom' This suggests that this relationship is not based on love and only lust as he mentions nothing about her personality, only
`Am I embarrassing physical aspects.
you?' Caesura isolates the phrase, literally holding it hostage for extra emphasis as to how he feels.
The enjambment in the third stanza suggests the sense of thrusting, creating an innuendo about what he wants from this
The direction of this rhetorical question is ambiguous; it could be directed at the women he is with or it could be directed at
the reader, both of which could have been embarrassed by the number on innuendos he has made. It also causes the reader
to pause before the last statement, for extra emphasis on the last line, `I'm in Paris with you'.
Metaphor of Paris for `I'm in Paris with you' Shows he has been hurt to such an extent that he cannot bring himself to say the word love. Paris is used as a metaphor for
love `'I'm in Paris with your love since it is thought of as the city of love. Or it could show his need to focus on the present in order to forget his past
Relationships and Lust eyes'
Hotel room represents `crack across the
their relationship ceiling' , `hotel walls In this relationship, he appears to have little interest in her opinions and what she wants to do, and focuses on what he wants
are peeling' from the relationship. This shows little consideration for has, suggesting that he only feels lust for her. This is also shown by
the way he only praises her physical characteristics, showing little interest in her as a person.
The hotel is shown to be falling apart and quite sleazy by the poor maintenance of the room. This represents the sleaziness of
their relationship, showing that it is not based on love but lust.
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Irregular rhyming `earful' `tearful' The poem has a regular rhyme scheme in four stanzas and a heavy jaunty rhythm, adding to the poem's musical quality.
pattern in stanza 3 The rhyming scheme and rhythm may change in the 3rd stanza to show the change in the topic of the poem as he then starts to
Internal rhyme focus not so much on what has happened to him in the past and more on his travelling companion.…read more