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Short poem

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)


              1The ladies men admire, I've heard,
              2Would shudder at a wicked word.
              3Their candle gives a single light;
              4They'd rather stay at home at night.
              5They do not keep awake till three,
              6Nor read erotic poetry.
              7They never sanction the impure,
              8Nor recognize an overture.
              9They shrink from powders and from paints ...
            10So far, I've had no complaints.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Enough Rope: Poems by Dorothy Parker (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1926): 106. PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 16 August 1925
Publication date note: New York World (Aug. 16, 1925): V-3.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/6

Form: couplets

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