Analysis of Incurable

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



And if my heart be scarred and burned,
The safer, I, for all I learned;
The calmer, I, to see it true
That ways of love are never new-
The love that sets you daft and dazed
Is every love that ever blazed;
The happier, I, to fathom this:
A kiss is every other kiss.
The reckless vow, the lovely name,
When Helen walked, were spoke the same;
The weighted breast, the grinding woe,
When Phaon fled, were ever so.
Oh, it is sure as it is sad
That any lad is every lad,
And what's a girl, to dare implore
Her dear be hers forevermore?
Though he be tried and he be bold,
And swearing death should he be cold,
He'll run the path the others went....
But you, my sweet, are different.


Scheme AABBCCDDEEFFGGHBIIJK
Poetic Form Etheree  (30%)
Tetractys  (20%)
Metre 01111101 01011111 01011111 11111101 01111101 110011101 010011101 011100101 01010101 11010101 01010101 1110101 11111111 110111001 01011101 01101 11110111 01011111 11010101 11111100
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 664
Words 136
Sentences 6
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 20
Lines Amount 20
Letters per line (avg) 25
Words per line (avg) 7
Letters per stanza (avg) 507
Words per stanza (avg) 134
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 28, 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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