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Analysis and comments on The False Friends by Dorothy Parker

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Comment 15 of 75, added on June 25th, 2005 at 9:15 AM.

This is one of my favorite DP poems. I remember my first broken heart and
that it took me a lot longer than I thought to get over it (actually I'm
still quite bitter about that..grr).
I think she's not talking about actual friends so much as general cliche's,
like "time heals all wounds" etc. You feel betrayed when it turns out to be
so much harder than you always thought and personally I felt like, damn it,
someone should have warned me about love being so very shitty sometimes!

Jennie from Netherlands
Comment 14 of 75, added on May 30th, 2005 at 11:09 PM.

The fact that it took more than one month is just to show how naive and
immature the speaker is. I don't believe it has anything to do with people
underestimating your hurting.

Lauren from United States
Comment 13 of 75, added on March 20th, 2005 at 4:20 AM.

Two months is not the time it takes to end her grief. The fact that she
takes one more month means that the pain takes longer then others give
credit for. If you dont feel the same pain at the time you will belittle
others and discount it as real as it holds no relevance to you. Two months
is not an exact time its just a clever way of saying it takes longer.
Dont you hate it when you dont feel well but others say "stop being silly
you should."

Chelae from Australia
Comment 12 of 75, added on March 12th, 2005 at 9:48 AM.

this poem is real nice becaues i see where you are caming from about your
poems so if you need me just write me an e-mail because i am a poety myself

wytia from United States
Comment 11 of 75, added on March 11th, 2005 at 9:17 PM.

I think this poem isn't so much about "false friends" as it is a sardonic,
slightly funny look at how she calls her friends liars merely because it
took her an extra month to get over her last heartache.

Fauna from United States
Comment 10 of 75, added on March 10th, 2005 at 6:57 PM.

It is about people that downplay another's pain, saying that "it will go
away soon." They think that they are being helpful by telling a person
that, but that really doesn't help a person when they are in pain.

Jay Orin from United States
Comment 9 of 75, added on March 2nd, 2005 at 10:44 AM.

It's a good poem cause it let you know people that you think are your
friends are really not.

Frank Hernandez from United States
Comment 8 of 75, added on March 2nd, 2005 at 10:35 AM.

people you think are your freinds are really not.

rudy hernandez from United States
Comment 7 of 75, added on March 2nd, 2005 at 10:31 AM.

people you think are your friends are really not

Rudy Hernandez from United States
Comment 6 of 75, added on February 23rd, 2005 at 2:29 PM.

To me it seems she is talking of her childhood. The message to me people
are telling her time will heal her grief over losses which she had so many
of in childhood.Her rebuttal being she never really healed of her loss when
her family died.
Jerry

jerry from United States

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Poet: Dorothy Parker
Poem: 3. The False Friends
Volume: Enough Rope
Year: 1926
Added: Feb 3 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jan 28 2008


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