When I was young and bold and strong,
Oh, right was right, and wrong was wrong!
My plume on high, my flag unfurled,
I rode away to right the world.
“Come out, you dogs, and fight!” said I,
And wept there was but once to die.

But I am old; and good and bad
Are woven in a crazy plaid.
I sit and say, “The world is so;
And he is wise who lets it go.
A battle lost, a battle won-
The difference is small, my son.”

Inertia rides and riddles me;
The which is called Philosophy.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Dorothy Parker's poem The Veteran

5 Comments

  1. husnul says:

    i think that it is good, but i get confuse how to paraphrase it… so, please tell me about it

  2. Jojo says:

    I think that this poem shows us the differences of being old and young… we have to be wise for our selves, aware our presents….

  3. Rich Ferguson says:

    I rewrote my resume today. The last item included was:
    MILITARY United States Marine Corps, Purple Heart
    It should have been first, but my experience since Vietnam (1969) has been too few people understand or appreciate the concepts duty, service, sacrifice and honor. Dotty Parker did.

  4. Sandy Cox says:

    Thanks for the poem. We are so proud and grateful for our veterans who risks all for our freedom. thank you is not enough but I am very appreciative of your sacrifice.
    Sandy Cox

  5. Samantha says:

    I loved this poem you are awsome

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