In youth, it was a way I had
To do my best to please,
And change, with every passing lad,
To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know,
And do the things I do;
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Dorothy Parker's poem Indian Summer


  1. Jayvee Gombio says:

    Be yourself
    Be true to yourself
    Be the best yourself

  2. Monique Williams says:

    This piece was my introduction to Dorothy Parker in 1988. How it revolutionized my view of poetry, prose, and behaving as a chameleon. The character in this poem gained the wisdom to be true to herself. I pray we can all be true to who we truly are…takes courage.

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