In Paris with You Language Analysis - AQA Relationships Cluster

Based on Mr Bruff and BBC Bitesize.

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Language ­ In Paris with
Point Evidence Analysis
- Negative Imperative - `Don't talk to - `Don't' repeated throughout. Highlights
me...' possessive, aggressive, domineering nature.
- Reader learns perhaps this is the reason his last
relationship failed.
- Instantly sets tone of poem as negative ­
suggests poem is not to do with love: subverts
reader's expectations.
- Colloquial Language - `I've had an earful' - Implies no interest in attractions of the
- `downed a drink or romance of Paris.
two' - Makes little effort to be polite to his companion
- `sod off to sodding ­ hint at alcohol intoxication.
Notre Dame' - OR implies informal + honest poem; down to
- Colloquialisms & - `talking wounded' - Word play for comic effect ­ highlights internal
clichés - `maroonded' (in conflict between emotional honesty + fear of
centre of war letting guard down.
metaphor) - `talking wounded' = `walking wounded': (a
wounded soldier, still able to walk) sees himself
as injured (from last relationship) but still able to
walk around. Past relationship ­ damaging.
- `maroonded' = `marooned': trapped, alone, in an
inescapable place.
- Deliberate errors in words ­ confirms he is
- Metaphor - `hostage' - Man feels trapped with the pain.
- War imagery ­ he's overdramatic, looking for
- Conjunction - `but I'm in Paris - `but at least' = positive.
with you.' - `but' seems to be a negative word (drawbacks?)
- `you' ­ who? Stranger, friend, ex, prostitute?
- Dramatic Monologue - `Yes I'm angry at - `Yes' ­ responding to a question (from his
(features of) the way I've been companion?) Doesn't quite make sense to the
- Verb bamboozled' reader just as relationship doesn't make sense.
- Honesty - `I admit I'm on the - `bamboozled' = fooled/cheated ­ Ex cheated on
rebound' him? Makes him appear the victim ­ reader feels
sorry for him.
- `rebound' = trying to ignore the pain, `admit'
shows his honesty ­ victim.
- Like a conversation between two people ­
makes reader feel as though they're

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Italics (pronunciation) - `where are we - Exaggerates sarcasm, mockery, as if he is saying
bound' `there is no we'. > Doesn't see them as a couple.
- Ambiguity - `I'm in Paris with - Depends on which word you stress.…read more


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