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Analysis and comments on Solace by Dorothy Parker

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Comment 19 of 39, 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 39, 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 39, 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
Comment 16 of 39, added on January 30th, 2005 at 2:27 PM.

I like this poem. I believe it is a commentary on the cynicism DP sensed in
our throw-away culture; that everything , even those we might come to love
are somehow interchangeable because there are "other fish in the sea"...it
is so sad that this seems to be true still and especially today.

Susan Lewis from United States
Comment 15 of 39, added on January 29th, 2005 at 7:10 PM.

Her poem shows even though she wrote the poems in the past, it is still
true today. I think it's funny!

kelley nagel from United States
Comment 14 of 39, added on January 19th, 2005 at 5:01 PM.

I'm not sure of the importance of sharing where I was born. Do I
experience Parker's poetry differently because I was born here in the US?
I find that doubtful.

To me this poem speaks about the relative nature of loss and pain to the
person who is experiencing it. It shows that flippant attitudes take away
from the value of what occurs. Just because something like death or love
is commonplace, doesn't make the experience ununique to the individual
experiencing it.

Carrie from United States
Comment 13 of 39, added on January 17th, 2005 at 11:44 PM.

This poem is beautiful. I have been through this and I can relate. I
don't care what anybody else thinks only how I feel ... and that's how it

ChiChi from United States
Comment 12 of 39, added on January 17th, 2005 at 9:59 PM.

what is the theme of this poem it is a good poem though.

zaaz from Australia
Comment 11 of 39, added on January 6th, 2005 at 5:39 AM.

I think the previous comments are pretty awful (do they not teach spelling
in Canada?). Parker was a woman with an attitude. Her poems are concise,
her language searing, forcing her readers to sit up and pay attention. To
be honest, I don't think she would have cared what any of us thought - that
is the beauty of her poetry, we can make of it whatever it means to our own
lives. I believe this is telling in the constant use, here and throughout
her poetry, of 'them' and 'I'. She saw herself as being understood by
no-one but I think, privately, she quite liked that.

Of course, I could be completely wrong, maybe Parker would tell me to stop
overanalysing, however, like her....I don't care! Her poems mean to me what
they mean to me. I would advise you all to think the same.

Emily from United Kingdom
Comment 10 of 39, added on January 3rd, 2005 at 5:35 PM.

I think it's a great poem. It's short and simple. I do think that people
can post there opinion on here even if they are a politic freak. i hate
politics, people who love them are usually boring.

Lauren 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: 909 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 6 2010

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