Analysis of A Very Short Song

Dorothy Parker 1893 (Long Branch) – 1967 (New York City)



Once, when I was young and true,
  Someone left me sad-
Broke my brittle heart in two;
  And that is very bad.

Love is for unlucky folk,
  Love is but a curse.
Once there was a heart I broke;
  And that, I think, is worse.


Scheme ABAB CDCD
Poetic Form Rispetto 
Metre 1111101 1111 1110101 011101 1110101 11101 1110111 011111
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 223
Words 47
Sentences 4
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4
Lines Amount 8
Letters per line (avg) 20
Words per line (avg) 6
Letters per stanza (avg) 80
Words per stanza (avg) 23
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 01, 2023

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Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. more…

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