In Paris with You

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Compare and contrast the use of love in ‘In Paris with you’ and ‘His coy mistress’. The first twenty lines of the ’His coy mistress’ start to talk about how much this girl means to this particular man. The main character in the poem talks about how he will wait forever to be with her, but at first this seems to be a fantasy for the man and it may not happen for them to be together. His views as of now are that he wants to take his time and he doesn’t have go anywhere however 'In Paris with you' James Fenton opens his poem with the sentence Don't talk to me of love. He appears to be getting over a broken relationship, saying I've had an earful. The first line of this poem is quite negative and tells the reader that love is difficult for the speaker, he’s had an earful and maybe been let down in the past. In the next for lines of ‘To his coy mistress’ we realize that the attitude has changed and that maybe we don’t have enough time to just wait for a loved one because they may never come back. You should basically live life in one day, then he goes on to say how fantasy can be taken away and we have to face the reality of limited life mortality. Whereas in ‘In Paris with you’ the start of the poem is all about surviving heartbreak for the speaker, love is also expressed as a game in this particular poem which is different to ‘His coy Mistress’ as it is explaining how you don’t have forever so you should just get on with it and go for what you love. The phrase ‘vegetable love’ is used in ‘To his coy mistress’ which could mean that it isn’t a real romance like the one in ‘In Paris with you’, it could just be a smutty description to describe his feelings. But ‘In Paris with you’ repeats the phrase ‘I’m in Paris with you’ to emphasize the love in the poem. The last fourteen lines of ‘To his coy mistress’ tries to show how passionate it will be. There is no reason why they should wait if it is going to be that intense, it is also to show how to live and love within a...
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