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How do James Fenton and Carol Ann Duffy present ideas about the pain of love in In Paris with You and Quickdraw?

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How do James Fenton and Carol Ann Duffy present ideas about the pain of love in ?In Paris with You? and ?Quickdraw?? The similar themes of ?Quickdraw? and ?In Paris with You? reveal the poets? experiences of love and the pain it brings. Both poems deal with the anguish that love brings. ?In Paris with You? takes place some time after the end of a relationship, showing the poet?s reluctance to include the feeling of romantic love in his new relationship as he is still hurt from his past love as shown in the lines ?Don?t talk to me of love... I?m resentful at the mess I?ve been through... I admit I?m on the rebound?. The theme of ?Quickdraw? is akin to this but, contrastingly, it takes place at the moment the poet?s relationship ends, showing her pain as her partner deals the final blow on their romance ?your voice a pellet in my ear, and hear me groan. ...read more.


This shows the poet’s feelings that her break up was similar to a gun battle – a quick exchange of sharp, blunt words to try and hurt the other in revenge for their part in the breakdown of the relationship. Whereas, in ‘In Paris with You’, James Fenton uses informal language like ‘I’ve been bamboozled’ and makes up words such as ‘maroonded’ to show that he doesn’t feel that love requires formal and clichéd romantic lexis. This idea is repeated throughout the poem in his rejection of the stereotypical connotations of Paris being a city of romance, for example ‘If we say sod off to sodding Notre Dame,’ – Fenton uses coarse language to further display his rejection of romantic love as he builds a new relationship. The word ‘Paris’, especially near the end of the final stanza, can be substituted for the word ‘love’ – this implies that the poet is avoiding confessing his feelings in the hope of avoiding another painful failure of a relationship so soon after he has been hurt. ...read more.


Contrastingly, ?Quickdraw? is written in free verse ? there is no particular rhyme scheme ? showing that love is not regular but is random and does not follow a set pattern, especially in a chaotic and hurtful breakdown of a relationship. Both Fenton and Duffy use a repeated phrase to repeat one idea through their respective poems. Fenton repeats the line ?I?m in Paris with you? at the end of each stanza, showing that the poet does not want to dwell on the pain of his past relationship, instead wanting to bring his thoughts back to the present and his current love. Duffy does use a repeated phrase ?and this?, but in contrast to Fenton, does not include it in every stanza ? she only uses it to form the last line ?Take this.../and this... and this... and this... and this...? as a mantra of her desperate attempts to hurt her former lover as they have hurt her. ...read more.

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