In Paris with You - Mr Bruff A* Analysis notes

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James Fenton -  A modern poet, famous for war and relationships, famous for using a lot of word play.

In Paris with You

(The title gives the idea that this poem  is going to be positive and there is this idea of Paris which gives the reader this romantic setting before they begin to read the poem. Also, Fenton has included direct address in this first line - possibly addressing his lover)

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. 

This is contrasting the title. This phrase gives us the idea that the narrator is emotionally hurt by a possible previous encounter with someone he is addressing the poem to.

Clearly he is drunk in this phrase as he makes up a word marronded and talking wounded is a common war phrase that he is gotten wrong so this emphasis his drunken state. 

'talking wounded': 'walking wounded' - someone injured in major battle but still able to walk around. Here this could describe that the narrator's past relationship injured him on the inside but he is still able to talk to this new lover he is with. 

'hostage' - a person seized or held as security for the fulfillment of a condition. The narrator may feel like a hostage because he feels trapped by his own pain.

'Maroonded' (not a real word) : (playing on the word) 'marooned' - left trapped and alone in an inescapable place. The narrator feels all these things being the inescapable place his own emotions. 

'But' could be a contrast of all the negativity stating that at least he is in Paris with his new lover.

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.

Here we see that the character is angry at a previous relationship. He stating that this relationship he is in now is just to get over his emotional state from the previous relationship.

'Yes' suggests that there was a question asked to him. This is an example of a dramatic monologue. A poetic form in which a single character, addressing a silent auditor at a critical moment, reveals himself or herself and the dramatic situation. This is common in poetry and plays.

'Bamboozled' means that he has been fooled or cheated this could be that this emotional state that the narrator has clearly been in through this play could be from being cheated on or lied to.

'Rebound' This suggests that this relationship is not based on love just to get his emotional state recovered. This hints at the idea of the person he is with being a prostitute. 

'we' in italics that the woman has asked "where are we bound?" and he has…


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