Solace

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



There was a rose that faded young;
I saw its shattered beauty hung
Upon a broken stem.
I heard them say, "What need to care
With roses budding everywhere?"
I did not answer them.

There was a bird, brought down to die;
They said, "A hundred fill the sky-
What reason to be sad?"
There was a girl, whose lover fled;
I did not wait, the while they said,
"There's many another lad."

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 29, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABCCB DDEFFE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 375
Words 78
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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