Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker

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Dorothy Parker (née Rothschild; August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, writer, critic, and satirist based in New York; she was best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles.
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Sonnet On An Alpine Night

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My hand, a little raised, might press a star-Where I may look, the frosted peaks are spun,
So shaped before Olympus was begun,
Spanned each to each, now, by a silver bar
Thus to face Beauty have I traveled far,
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Lullaby

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Sleep, pretty lady, the night is enfolding you;
Drift, and so lightly, on crystalline streams
Wrapped in its perfumes, the darkness is holding you;
Starlight bespangles the way of your dreams
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Superfluous Advice

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Should they whisper false of you
Never trouble to deny;
Should the words they say be true,  Weep and storm and swear they lie
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Finis

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Now it's over, and now it's done; Why does everything look the same
Just as bright, the unheeding sun, — Can't it see that the parting came
People hurry and work and swear, Laugh and grumble and die and wed, Ponder what they will eat and...
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Interior

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Her mind lives in a quiet room,
A narrow room, and tall,
With pretty lamps to quench the gloom And mottoes on the wall
There all the things are waxen neat And set in decorous lines;
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Threnody

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Lilacs blossom just as
Now my heart is shattered
If I bowled it down the street,
Who's to say it mattered
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Temps Perdu

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I never may turn the loop of a road Where sudden, ahead, the sea is Iying,
But my heart drags down with an ancient load- My heart, that a second before was flying
I never behold the quivering rain- And sweeter the rain than a lover to me...
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The Flaw In Paganism

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Drink and dance and laugh and lie,  Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die
(But, alas, we never do
)
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The Red Dress

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I always saw,
I always said  If I were grown and free,
I'd have a gown of reddest red  As fine as you could see,
To wear out walking, sleek and slow,  Upon a Summer day,
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Frustration

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If I had a shiny gun,
I could have a world of
Speeding bullets through the
Of the folk who give me pains;
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The Ladys Reward

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Lady, lady, never
Conversation toward your heart;
Keep your pretty words serene;
Never murmur what you mean
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Fulfillment

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For this my mother wrapped me warm,
And called me home against the storm,
And coaxed my infant nights to quiet,
And gave me roughage in my diet,
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Observation

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If I don't drive around the park, I'm pretty sure to make my mark
If I'm in bed each night by ten, I may get back my looks again, If I abstain from fun and such, I'll probably amount to much, But I shall stay the way I am, Because I do not gi...
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The Choice

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He'd have given me rolling lands, Houses of marble, and billowing farms,
Pearls, to trickle between my hands, Smoldering rubies, to circle my arms
You- you'd only a lilting song, Only a melody, happy and high,
You were sudden and sw...
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General Review Of The Sex Situation

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Woman wants monogamy;
Man delights in novelty
Love is woman's moon and sun;
Man has other forms of fun
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One Perfect Rose

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A single flow'r he sent me, since we met
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet - One perfect rose
I knew the language of the floweret; 'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose
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