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Dorothy Parker - Philosophy

If I should labor through daylight and dark,
Consecrate, valorous, serious, true,
Then on the world ...

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Poet: Dorothy Parker
Poem: 58. Philosophy
Volume: Enough Rope
Year: Published/Written in 1926

Comment 2 of 2, added on November 15th, 2004 at 11:47 PM.

I think this poem has less to do with a career choice and more to do with the labors of life: what do we make of the so-frequently heard phrase, "live your life to the fullest"? Why are we here? How do we define our world and once defined, what kind of mark shall we strive for? "What if we dont?" asks us to consider the justification for seeking greatness within ourselves and our smaller circles, rather than an external mark on the world at large, perhaps. Both marks are as noble and important. I think it's a brilliant poem.

Jess from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on August 31st, 2004 at 11:38 AM.

In a few lines Dorothy Parker managed to capture my thoughts about pursuing professional success. What does it all mean? Why do we do what we do? ---Now if I only had the answer...

Karen

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