Fighting Words

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



Say my love is easy had,
  Say I'm bitten raw with pride,
Say I am too often sad-
  Still behold me at your side.

Say I'm neither brave nor young,
  Say I woo and coddle care,
Say the devil touched my tongue-
  Still you have my heart to wear.

But say my verses do not scan,
  And I get me another man!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CDCD EE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 301
Words 64
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 2

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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