Analysis of The Veteran

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



When I was young and bold and strong,
Oh, right was right, and wrong was wrong!
My plume on high, my flag unfurled,
I rode away to right the world.
"Come out, you dogs, and fight!" said I,
And wept there was but once to die.

But I am old; and good and bad
Are woven in a crazy plaid.
I sit and say, "The world is so;
And he is wise who lets it go.
A battle lost, a battle won-
The difference is small, my son."

Inertia rides and riddles me;
The which is called Philosophy.


Scheme AABBCC DDEEFF GG
Poetic Form
Metre 11110101 11110111 11111101 11011101 11110111 01111111 11110101 11000101 11010111 01111111 01010101 01001111 01010101 01110100
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 467
Words 102
Sentences 9
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 2
Lines Amount 14
Letters per line (avg) 25
Words per line (avg) 7
Letters per stanza (avg) 116
Words per stanza (avg) 33
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 25, 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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