One Perfect Rose

Topics: Stanza, Poetry, Academy Award for Best Actress Pages: 2 (642 words) Published: March 5, 2011
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.”
Love long has taken for his amulet
One perfect rose.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get
   One perfect rose.

I will be talking about the poem, one perfect rose written by Dorothy Parker. I found this poem during our English class in the library in the book “Puffin book of Classic verse’. This poem appeals to me because even though it is short and simple, it still unveils the passion, strength and humorous elements amalgamated into it. I also chose it because the poem was very comical near the end. The different language forms and features in the poem make it more effective, unique and appealing. The adjectives in the poem such as perfect and fragile really help to emphasise and outline the importance of each noun as well as helps the reader understand the content of the poem. There are also a number of nouns like amulet and verbs such as enclose which are also very simple but meaningful. This poem also carries a melodic rhythm outlining the sweetness and simplicity of it. This rhythm helps to lull the reader into believing that it was intended to represent a romantic memory. A main feature in this poem is the repetition as the word “perfect rose” continues to repeat itself at the end of each stanza. This presents the reader with the main idea which helps reinforce the rhythmical pattern as well as the intentions of the author. In the second line of the second stanza a metaphor is used as in reality roses to not speak. She also used a rhetorical question in the last stanza probably to stimulate the reader and to add to the cynical effect. Two quotes were also used and the sentence “His heart enclose” is personification. There is...
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