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Epitaph for a Darling Lady -- Dorothy Parker

       
(Poem #486) Epitaph for a Darling Lady
 All her hours were yellow sands,
 Blown in foolish whorls and tassels;
 Slipping warmly through her hands;
 Patted into little castles.

 Shiny day on shiny day
 Tumbled in a rainbow clutter,
 As she flipped them all away,
 Sent them spinning down the gutter.

 Leave for her a red young rose,
 Go your way, and save your pity;
 She is happy, for she knows
 That her dust is very pretty.
-- Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker at her vicious best - I don't know whether to laugh, wince or
simply admire the effortless skill with which she plucks just the right
word or phrase out of thin air, time and again. The second verse, in
particular, is a lovely blend of imagery and versification, both stamped
with Parker's unique touch.

It is perhaps that distinctive style that I most like Parker for - indeed,
of all the 'humorous' poets I am familiar with, she is perhaps the one most
greatly disserviced by the label. I've said a bit about Parker's style in
the past (see the links), but neglected to mention the sheer depth of her
insight into humanity (even more evident in her short stories,
incidentally), or her deft use of sarcasm and absurdity. Well, consider them
mentioned <g>.

Links:

We've run two of Parker's poems in the past: poem #150, poem #192.

-martin

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Daniel Marsh said...

In a word, I love it. The marvelous imagery, coupled with the biting
sarcasm that's so characteristic of Parker, its just wonderful. Hours
being made into sand castles is a great metaphor for idleness, and her
final point makes for a nice emphasis on the whole thing.

Dorothy Parker may have been a sarcastic, cynical, and bitter woman, but
she was an extremely talented sarcastic, cynical, and bitter woman.

-Dan M

A said...

i agree. i adore this poem, made me laugh out loud. :)

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Parker published her first volume of poetry, Enough Rope, a collection of previously published work along with new material in 1926. The collection sold 47,000 copies and garnered impressive reviews.

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