And now I have another lad!
No longer need you tell
How all my nights are slow and sad
For loving you too well.

His ways are not your wicked ways,
He’s not the like of you.
He treads his path of reckoned days,
A sober man, and true.

They’ll never see him in the town,
Another on his knee.
He’d cut his laden orchards down,
If that would pleasure me.

He’d give his blood to paint my lips
If I should wish them red.
He prays to touch my finger-tips
Or stroke my prideful head.

He never weaves a glinting lie,
Or brags the hearts he’ll keep.
I have forgotten how to sigh-
Remembered how to sleep.

He’s none to kiss away my mind-
A slower way is his.
Oh, Lord! On reading this, I find
A silly lot he is.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Dorothy Parker's poem The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse


  1. CHRIS DUNCAN says:


  2. Jennie says:

    I love this poem! It’s so recognizable and funny in an ironic, bitter way.

    The title is brilliant too, by the way; ‘ The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse’ . Very clever, very funny, kinda tragic.

  3. Jauques says:

    I don’t think she liked him because he’s a nice guy who would do anything for her. A sucker, A sap. Unforunatly this presents a horrible catch 22 for women. If they want to be with a Man who cares for and loves them they might find him square and boring. If they seek scumbag who will use them and abuse them they get what they seek. I like this poem because it makes me angry about women and love. I’m in love and I niether want to be boring or too “interesting” if you catch my meaning

  4. Re says:

    This is a very nice poem, and something that people should remember. Just because someone would do all this stuff for you doesn’t mean they are sensible…Like I said, this is a very nice poem.

  5. LaNeikqua says:

    I loved this poem it’s something a teen can relate to very much.

  6. LaNeikqua says:

    I loved this poem it’s something a teen can relate to vey much.

  7. Sara says:

    i love this poem so much. it is so true and so blunt. nothing abstract, nothing to deep. just true.

  8. Ashley says:

    i fell in love with this poem within the first two lines because i knew it would pertain to my life pretty well. and all along the way everything rang true. and then the last line came and i had a good laugh because it was possibly the truest of them all.

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