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Analysis and comments on Solace by Dorothy Parker

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Comment 9 of 29, added on December 31st, 2004 at 5:19 AM.

What does this poem show about society? I think that is shows that we have
not changed to much in the years. Dorthy Parker saw almost 40 years ago
that we as a society really don't show our fellow man or woman much
sympathy. This poem is wonderful! As is the writer, she was before her

Melissa from United States
Comment 8 of 29, added on December 21st, 2004 at 12:12 AM.

This is a great poem, Dorothy Parker is a brilliant poet. I suggest that
everyone should mind their own business, and if you don't anything nice to
say, don't say it at all. Kudos, some of you individuals really have a
knack for words, this has been the most intelligent reading I have come
upon. (In case you haven't noticed, sarcastically speaking of course)

Kyrie from Canada
Comment 7 of 29, added on December 19th, 2004 at 12:49 AM.

ok folks, I think there is something funny about your comments that shuold
probably be brought up. "Get over yourselves... Its poetry, not polotics".
I think, and this is just speculation after having read the breif biography
above. That this poem is about sacco and vansetti being hung and people not
paying attention. Its definitly seems to be an allusion (right word?)
towards hanging.

As far as "American Bullocks" part is concerened. The hanging was pretty
darn American. To protest against it was definitly seen as un-American. In
todays political enviornment it seems like this Bullocks is not very


Adrian from Canada
Comment 6 of 29, added on November 16th, 2004 at 6:08 PM.

Is there any irony in this poem? Any humor? Granted dp's work can be very
depressing but there is usually a smirk hidden in there somewhere. Hey
"Get over yourselves... Its poetry, not polotics. You don't need to get so
worked up over it" You do realize that by saying this you are being just
like the folks DP is talking about in her poem, yes? People care what they
care about.

kevin from United States
Comment 5 of 29, added on November 12th, 2004 at 1:32 PM.

Get over yourselves... Its poetry, not polotics. You don't need to get so
worked up over it.

Norma from United States
Comment 4 of 29, added on October 30th, 2004 at 12:41 PM.

Horribly true? It's american bollocks. Oh dear me some people are dying...

Simon Partridge from United Kingdom
Comment 3 of 29, added on October 18th, 2004 at 9:57 AM.

I had never heard of Dorthy Parker before until I began reading womens
poetry before 1975. I find that she and I share the same ideas when it
comes to this poem! People really do feel this way and it's truly sad and
disturbing! To think that the people of this country that we call "free and
equal" honestly think this way in today's society is mind numbing. I think
that everyone should take a look at some of D.P.'s poetry, it's a true

Nina Swenk from United States
Comment 2 of 29, added on October 4th, 2004 at 1:57 PM.

The reason this is my favorite Dorothy Parker poem is because it is so
horribly true, and that is what makes it relevant today. I think D.P's
poetry has become somewhat forgotten, even though it is some of the most
important ( and funny ) poetry written in the 20th cent.

Kelly from United States
Comment 1 of 29, added on October 4th, 2004 at 1:54 PM.

What I love about this poem is that it is horribly true, and that is what
makes it so relevant in our society today.

Jeanie Kay

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Information about Solace

Poet: Dorothy Parker
Poem: 11. Solace
Volume: Death and Taxes
Year: 1931
Added: Feb 3 2004
Viewed: 288 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 6 2010

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