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Analysis and comments on Solace by Dorothy Parker

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Comment 26 of 36, added on September 19th, 2005 at 2:44 PM.

This poem is simple and beautifully written. I think that its meaning is
pretty straight forward. Our society is self centered and tends to overlook
things that don't apply to us. I love this poem because it speaks the

Tina from United States
Comment 25 of 36, added on June 25th, 2005 at 7:23 AM.

I like this poem a lot.
I never really thought about the social context though. It's interesting,
but not surprising. Human nature never really changes, most people
(including myself..) are kinda self-centered.

To me this poem is very much about how everyone stands alone in grief; the
worth of something that is lost, is only known and understood by the one
who lost it.

Jennie from Netherlands
Comment 24 of 36, added on May 31st, 2005 at 11:51 PM.

I dont get how its funny? i think its very sad poem:(

mel from Canada
Comment 23 of 36, added on May 6th, 2005 at 7:04 PM.

"Just because something like death or love is commonplace, doesn't make the
experience ununique to the individual experiencing it."

I would have to say that is perfectly phrased, and would like to thank you
for posting it...this might seem lame but after reading that, the whole
poem seems to mean more to me.

Re from United States
Comment 22 of 36, added on April 11th, 2005 at 8:39 PM.

I don't know if anyone has actually done research on Mrs.Parker, but i feel
that this poem is about her brother who died on the Titanic. maybe she felt
that no one care when he died, and that everyone was just like it is just
another person. she suffered two tradedies as a young woman and probaly
felt all alone.

bandy from United States
Comment 21 of 36, added on March 15th, 2005 at 2:12 PM.

thats not right it does not matter how many things are in the world there
Gods creation you rock

Comment 20 of 36, added on February 24th, 2005 at 2:49 PM.

Very personal, indeed. The irony of it all.
Unless the words can be truly felt, you can't
imagine the emotions, individually speaking, of course!

Comment 19 of 36, added on February 7th, 2005 at 9:00 PM.

why is it that we need to complicate matters - are we not just reading one
womans heart felt ideas about how we value "things", be that a flower or
another person or ourselves.

Comment 18 of 36, added on February 7th, 2005 at 4:17 PM.

I really like the poem because it relates to my life.

tamera long from United States
Comment 17 of 36, added on February 4th, 2005 at 7:28 PM.

first off, it's an open forum, part of the american values system is
freedom of speech. I don't agree with everything that everyone said on
here, but they have a right to their own opinions (as skewed as they may
be). My feeling on this poem is ironic truth. The irony is we like to
think we are a constant evolving society. Yet over 40 years ago a poem was
written (supposedly during the more enriching and traditional times of the
country) and it's still a ringing bell of truth now. All too often we show
great disregard for those around us. Whether it be nature or man. As
humans we tend to be pretty self involved and careless. I think that is
what D. Parker is trying to say.

Nicole from United States

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Information about Solace

Poet: Dorothy Parker
Poem: 11. Solace
Volume: Death and Taxes
Year: 1931
Added: Feb 3 2004
Viewed: 631 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 6 2010

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