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A Fairly Sad Tale - Poem by Dorothy Parker

I think that I shall never know
Why I am thus, and I am so.
Around me, other girls inspire
In men the rush and roar of fire,
The sweet transparency of glass,
The tenderness of April grass,
The durability of granite;
But me- I don't know how to plan it.
The lads I've met in Cupid's deadlock
Were- shall we say?- born out of wedlock.
They broke my heart, they stilled my song,
And said they had to run along,
Explaining, so to sop my tears,
First came their parents or careers.
But ever does experience
Deny me wisdom, calm, and sense!
Though she's a fool who seeks to capture
The twenty-first fine, careless rapture,
I must go on, till ends my rope,
Who from my birth was cursed with hope.
A heart in half is chaste, archaic;
But mine resembles a mosaic-
The thing's become ridiculous!
Why am I so? Why am I thus?


Comments about A Fairly Sad Tale by Dorothy Parker

  • Rookie Herr Ibis (8/23/2009 12:11:00 AM)

    Dorothy Parker wrote with superlative wit.
    In her poetry and prose alike.
    Her ironic turn of phrase doesn't cease to smile out at us from a cheeky sideways gaze.
    Notwithstanding the earnest gravity in her questions (Why? and why?) , her regard holds fast to its humor (neither pallid nor pink) . An onerous thought in an onerous world lives cheek by jowl with laughter; unblanched and effervescent....... Er possibly that of the damned.
    But damned she is a pleasure.
    What succor, moreover, to return once and then to a modernist poet that can rhyme in verse without, all the while, being carried where the RHYME wants to go!
    Tonight I drink to Dorothy (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Yekaterina Bezpalaya (12/24/2008 10:33:00 AM)

    She just about described my heart's story with her words. Amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Talitha Mathew (2/22/2008 11:01:00 AM)

    Dorothy Parker's easy rhyming couplets are very 'Alexander Pope' while the humour - 'A fairly sad tale' - and colloquial language are distinctly modern. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sad

  1. 1. A Sad Child , Margaret Atwood
  2. 2. A Fairly Sad Tale , Dorothy Parker
  3. 3. ‘and Ask Ye Why These Sad Tears Stream?’ , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  4. 4. The Sad Mother , Gabriela Mistral
  5. 5. Be Not Sad , James Joyce
  6. 6. A Sad State Of Freedom , Nazim Hikmet
  7. 7. Sad In Blue (A Lyric) , Peter S. Quinn
  8. 8. Sad , Cristina Geanta
  9. 9. To A Sad Daughter , Michael Ondaatje
  10. 10. For A Sad Lady , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. Baseball's Sad Lexicon , Franklin Pierce Adams
  12. 12. In My Own Shire, If I Was Sad , Alfred Edward Housman
  13. 13. With How Sad Steps, O Moon, Thou Climb's.. , William Wordsworth
  14. 14. My Sad Captains , Thom Gunn
  15. 15. Sad-Eyed And Soft And Grey , William Morris
  16. 16. Bored And Sad , Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
  17. 17. Sit Down, Sad Soul , Barry Cornwall
  18. 18. Close Those Sad Sad Eyes , Beautiful Grim
  19. 19. To The Sad Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  20. 20. Sad Is Stupid , Alison Cassidy
  21. 21. Sad Green Eyes , Linda Ori
  22. 22. The Journey Of A Poem Compared To All Th.. , Delmore Schwartz
  23. 23. Weep You No More, Sad Fountains , Anonymous Olde English
  24. 24. Peacock Story 8 - A Sad Poem , Alison Cassidy
  25. 25. The Bad Season Makes The Poet Sad , Robert Herrick
  26. 26. Phantasmagoria Canto Vii ( Sad Souvenaun.. , Lewis Carroll
  27. 27. The Lacking Sense Scene.--A Sad-Coloured.. , Thomas Hardy
  28. 28. Sonnet Xxxi: With How Sad Steps, O Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  29. 29. Sad Sad Day , Laura Green
  30. 30. ! To A God-Daughter On Her Sad Poem , Michael Shepherd
  31. 31. Sad Song , Rahel Bluwstein
  32. 32. I Sing A Sad Song , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  33. 33. Sonnet Iii: With How Sad Steps , Sir Philip Sidney
  34. 34. To A Sad Girl , Uriah Hamilton
  35. 35. .sad Girl , YURI DURAAN
  36. 36. Sad Cypress , koyel mitra
  37. 37. Sonnet: Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From.. , William Lisle Bowles
  38. 38. The Sad Day , Thomas Flatman
  39. 39. Sad , Sylvia Chidi
  40. 40. The Sad Shepherd , William Butler Yeats
  41. 41. ’tis A Sad, Mad World! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  42. 42. The Reason Why The Closet-Man Is Never Sad , Russell Edson
  43. 43. Happy & Sad , Sumita Datta
  44. 44. Sad And Lonely , Taher Shemaly
  45. 45. A Sad Sad Story , Joyce Hemsley
  46. 46. The Sad Bastards Club , Francesca Johnson
  47. 47. Sad Eyes , Mariana Zita
  48. 48. The Sad Message , Russell Edson
  49. 49. ! The Sad Story Of Happiness , Michael Shepherd
  50. 50. ! ! A Sad Tale Of Consumerism , Michael Shepherd
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