Lines On Reading Too Many Poets

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



Roses, rooted warm in earth,
   Bud in rhyme, another age;
Lilies know a ghostly birth
   Strewn along a patterned page;
Golden lad and chimbley sweep
   Die; and so their song shall keep.

Wind that in Arcadia starts
   In and out a couplet plays;
And the drums of bitter hearts
   Beat the measure of a phrase.
Sweets and woes but come to print
   Quae cum ita sint.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABABCC DEDEFF
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 364
Words 68
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 6

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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