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Stage 1:
Poem: In Paris With You
Subject: Love (How it isn't always perfect)
Themes: Heartbreak, dealing with the aftermath of a long term relationship.
Messages The effect of a heartbreak and rebound. The narrator just wants to enjoy the moment rather
: than thinking of the future or the past. Carpe diem (seize the day).
Stage 2:
Poem: In Paris With You
Emotions, Anger- from being cheated on/walked out on, upset following the breakdown of his last relationship
moods and "Yes I am angry at the way I've been bamboozled"
feelings The use of the anger highlights at the impact the previous relationship on the poet and the anger
at the beginning of the poet highlights the self-pity felt by the poet and the forced emotion from
the poet is trying to make the reader feel sorry for the poet even though he already has his own
Heartbreak-in pain from the way he has been treated by his ex
"talking wounded"
This brings sympathy to the narrator because using a war image means that he feels like his heart
has been smashed into a thousand pieces. However the use of 'one of your' it seems to highlight
the feelings towards the ex-lover as it paints the lover in a negative light as `one', this indicates
that this broken love relationship isn't the first that the ex-lover has broken and the `wounded'
implies that he has been hurting so badly because of the effects of the relationship.
Bitterness- throughout the poem the narrator is very bitter and the poet resent the breakdown of his
relationship - 'I'm angry at the way I've been bamboozled'. The new relationship doesn't seem to get
much of a chance -'Don't talk to me of love'. From the beginning of the poem the poet is sunk in his own
self-pity - 'I get tearful'. From the reader's point of view he seems to enjoy wallowing in his misery.
The use of the bitter tone implies to the reader how love can affect future relationships after
someone's hearts broken it's hard for it to be fixed yet it still has its cracks in the relationships.
Inconsiderateness- In the poem, the poet in his own misery at a previous, failed relationship, the
narrator is insensitive to the feelings of the person he's now with 'I don't care where we are bound'. The
poet's feelings portray a negative end of a relationship and how it can have a bad effect on future
relationships. However the poet could highlight the relationship is helping the old one. As the poet
moves from a maudlin look at the damage of the old relationship's done to a more lustful and outgoing
engagement with the other person.
The inconsiderate tone connotes that relationships have effects much like a domino effect on
relationships: how the poet has been so badly hurt because of the earlier relationship and so the
next relationship is used to get over the first one. The poet is on the rebound and the other lover is
just used to help get over the first one.
Desire- The persona feels messed around by his previous lover - 'I'm angry at the way I've been
bamboozled'. However by the end of the poem, the poet focuses on his physical desire for his
potential lover: 'I'm in Paris with your eyes, your mouth...' His desire seems to have dragged the poet
out of his self-absorbed misery.
Bethany Cunningham In Paris With You

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After the reader highlights the difference in stanzas it is noticeable that something has changed
between the poet and his feelings towards relationships. With the fact that the poet is on the
rebound, the use of the physical desire changes the reader's point of view on the poet. As the
sympathy is used differently in order to get over the previous relationship and the desire is used
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The poem is written in the first person and addresses a lover. There are lines that hint at a
conversation with a lover, but the reader only hears one person's side of the dialogue: 'Yes I'm
angry' and 'Am I embarrassing you?' The poem seems even more intimate; the reader is almost
made to feel as if the reader is eavesdropping.
Emphatic language:
The poem opens with negative emphatic language: 'Don't talk to me of love'.…read more

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The poet continually refers to himself: 'I've had an earful', 'I'm one of your...', 'I'm angry'. The poet
also seems to be very self-absorbed and this is highlighted with 'I'm a hostage' and 'I'm
maroonded'. With the use of the first person this means that the reader feels as if they are being
addressed and it is more than a memory/story.
Stage 4:
Poem: In Paris With You
Structure Indentation-It shows less self-pity and he is now more assertive.…read more

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Instead the speaker concentrates on the 'sleazy/Old hotel room' with its 'crack across the ceiling' in
which the 'walls are peeling'. These details are unique to the narrator's experience of being in Paris
with a lover - 'I'm in Paris with the slightest thing you do' - which sums up the poem's message: being
together is far more important than typical romantic locations and analytical conversations.…read more

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Both poems focus on the fact that many relationships even good ones as
they may contain an element of unhappiness. The male speaker in the poem In Paris with You is unwilling to discuss
his experiences of the past, instead he is keen to focus on the present. The husband in The Manhunt is similarly closed
on the subject of the past.
Sonnet 43
'In Paris with You' is about a moment in a relationship, rather than the past or future and seizing the day.…read more



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