Tuesday 31st January 2012 Learning Objective: To be able to formulate and explore interpretations and support them with apt quotations. Must: C Should: B Could: AStarter: What are your initial interpretationsabout the poem ‘In Paris with You’?Write these on the post it note and stick to thewall.
Consolidation of the poem• In Pairs with You is a poem about love and regret. Paris, a city traditionally associated with love and romance, is the poem’s setting but Fenton substitutes the clichés of love poetry with the description of two people in a neglected Parisian hotel room. The persona describes the lover, the room and his confused emotions. The poem has a light hearted but sensuous mood.
Mood and Tone • Using the words below how would you describe the mood and tone of the poem. Amused confused Happy Sad Mournful Excited Melancholi c Angry ReflectiveRegretful Bored Write 3 sentences explaining how the speaker feels about being in Paris with this person.
• The poem contrasts reality with the fantasy of love. The poem explores the consequences of love. How it is How far do difficult to trust and love again after you agree with this bad experiences. The speaker seems and why? to reject all the ‘traditional expectations’ of love in search of the reality. The speaker wants a ‘real’ relationship that exposes the faults rather than Romantic gestures. The poem takes the reader through the journey of trusting/ being part of a relationship again.
Colloquial languageSevere tone. Use of a suggesting the painnegative imperative. caused throughImmediately removes the words.preconception of a romanticpoemDon’t talk to me of love. I’ve had an earfulAnd I get tearful when I’ve downed a drink or two. Suggests the emotional pain. Change of tone from Alliteration ofI’m one of your talking wounded. comical to sad the ‘d’ highlightingI’m a hostage. I’m maroonded. the tragedy. Love causingBut I’m in Paris with you. drinking and the need to Self realisation forget. that actually she is prepared to Metaphor suggests theMetaphor showingher feelings. risk the pain pain that words cause.Does not actually again. Play on ‘walking wounded’want to be there. Image of a war victim.
Considering his feelings. Unusual language. Comical. 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 An air of acquiescence. And I don’t care where are we bound. Anger is I’m in Paris with you. subsiding.Repetition of the last line First mentionomitting the ‘but’ showing of ‘we’ as aacceptance. couple instead of ‘you’
Interesting description. Unconventional. A Colloquial. Implies that conceit. Does not she wants a different want to accept the relationship. conventional relationships. Do you mind if we do not go to the Louvre, If we say sod off to sodding Notre Dame, If we skip the Champs Elysées And remain here in this sleazy Old hotel room Contrasting with Doing this and that the typical stereotype of To what and whom Paris. Learning who you are, Again a stereotypical image. Learning what I am. Room suggestsRepetition of their intentions. sexual relationshipNot just a physical and sordid affair.relationship.
Repetition of the opening line Paris becomes a of the poem. metaphor for their relationship. Developed in the last stanza. Don’t talk to me of love. Let’s talk of Paris, Suggestion that love is The little bit of Paris in our view. obtainable and within reach. There’s that crack across the ceiling couplet. Rhyming And the hotel walls are peeling their crumpling Further evidence of environment. And I’m in Paris with you. Metaphorically symbolic of the light entering theirRepetition. The addition of relationship as they get to know each‘And’ associates the partner other.with the crumbling room.Could be interpreted as acomparison or a criticism oftheir relationship.
Repetition of imperative. Could suggest the lover’s irritation atReminder that the speaker does their closeness. Linked to thenot wish to put a name/ hostage image from first stanza. Orcategorise the relationship. builds on from the metaphor of Paris representing their relationship and their growing closeness. Don’t talk to me of love. Let’s talk of Paris. I’m in Paris with the slightest thing you do. I’m in Paris with your eyes, your mouth, Sexual I’m in Paris with… all points south. innuendo Am I embarrassing you? playing on the image I’m in Paris with you. of travelling. Again contrastsFinal line. The poem ends with thewith a resolution possibly to Pre-empts the reader’s expectationpursue the relationship. Itshows acceptance of their embarrassment. of praisesituation and relationship. It Directly addresses for theiris unclear whether the beauty. the lover’s feelings.speaker is happy.
The Language of the PoemThe speaker seems to the reader?have had a badexperience in his past.How can you tell this? ConflictWhat vocabulary in thepoem suggests pain anddisorder?How does the firstperson narrative affect
The Structure What do you notice of the Poem about the line lengths and stanza shapes? How do they affect your reading of the poem?What do you noticeabout the rhymescheme? How does therhyme scheme affectthe rhythm?
Using Point, Evidence andExplain/Analysis/Explore• Answer the following question:EXPLORE HOW FENTONUSES SETTING IN HISPOEM TO REFLECT THEPERSONA’S EMOTIONSABOUT LOVE.
• Fenton chooses the setting of Paris because of its initial associations and connections with love. The title of the poem ‘In Paris with you’ further adds to the reader’s initial impressions of a close, adoring relationship. However it is apparent after the opening line that the speaker wishes to break free from the conventions and constraints of a romantic love affair. ‘Don’t talk to me of love’ a thought later revisited in the last stanza. The use of the imperative ‘Don’t’ reveals a strong independent desire to rewrite the rules of their relationship. Fenton’s Paris is the ideal setting for this because he explores the ‘real Paris’ through the dirty, tired ‘hotel room with paint ‘peeling’. The reader is encouraged to follow his example and search for the desirable realities in their relationship underneath the glossy surface of the romantic gestures. Through setting his poem in Paris, Fenton prompts the reader to subvert the recognised stereotypes of love.
Peer Assessment• Assess the candidates use of quotations to support, explanation of ideas, relevance of the opinions expressed.Provide STRs and EBIs please.What are you looking for from an A*-Banswer?
Comparing Poems• If you had to include some top tips for comparing ideas what would they be?Write them on a post it note to give tosomeone else in the room.
•Introduce the poems by making a simplestatement about a common theme, style orother characteristic.•In the exam, you will be given the focus ofyour task.•Now choose one of the poems to begin youranalysis.•In the exam, you will be given the poem tostart your comparison.
Write about the first poem & then the second• What is it concerned with? Write a paragraph giving a brief idea of what the poet is trying to tell the audience.• Look at the style of the poem. Write two or three paragraphs showing how and why the poet uses form, language, imagery, rhyme and tone to achieve effects.
Look at the two poems together.• Compare similarities of theme, style, etc.• Contrast where they are different.• Respond personally to the poems by saying what you did or did not like about each.• Finally, say which you found more effective. Give full reasons for your choice. • Remember to P.E.E. at every opportunity!
Compare how poets present lovein ‘Hour’ and one other poem from‘Relationships’.•Introduce the poems by making a simplestatement about a common theme. theme.•Now choose one of the poems to begin youranalysis. use ‘Hour’
• Introduce the poems.• Write briefly about the first.• Look at the style of the first.• Write briefly about the second.• Look at the style of the second.• Compare and contrast the two poems.• Respond personally to them.• P.E.E. throughout.
How have we met this objective today?• To be able to formulate and explore interpretations and support them with apt quotations.