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Abstract Poetry: Dorothy Parker: Epitaph

Updated on September 26, 2014
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Emily has been writing on Hubpages for over three years. She has experimented with several different writing platforms with great passion.

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Dorothy Parker Epitaph

The first time I died, I walked my ways;
I followed the file of limping days.

I held me tall, with my head flung up,
But I dared not look on the new moon's cup.

I dared not look on the sweet young rain,
And between my ribs was a gleaming pain.

The next time I died, they laid me deep.
They spoke worn words to hallow my sleep.

They tossed me petals, they wreathed me fern,
They weighted me down with a marble urn.

And I lie here warm, and I lie here dry,
And watch the worms slip by, slip by.

Epitaph Group Analysis

To me: This poem seems to be a representation of how we tend to lose the joy in our lives long before we actually pass on. We walk around and we lead our lives day to day, but the excitement, joy, and love we have for life seems to fade away during a point in our lives if we're not careful we will miss the important parts of our lives while we are busy dealing with lives everyday mundane tasks.

The likeness to her "live death" and her actual death is what I think is so compelling about this poem. There actually seems to be more of a peaceful feeling to her final death. Her "live" death seems antagonizing and painful.

Let me know what you think. I cut my analysis a little bit short, but I am eager to get some feedback. Please if you poems you would like to share with me, I would love to read them and maybe even feature them. I look forward to hearing from you, even if you just stop by to shout a quick hello!

Remember all feedback is welcomed. Any tips and constructive criticism is greatly appreciated!



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    • emi sue profile imageAUTHOR

      Emily Lantry 

      3 years ago from Tennessee

      Hi Jonah! Thank you for commenting and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      I have been a fan of Dorothy Parker for a few years. The majority of her poems seem to have the same wonderful wit.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Emisue, I know of Dorothy Parker but am not familiar with many of her works. I enjoyed the wit of her epitaph and I think your analysis was spot on. I have to seek out more of her work. I love to write poetry in many different styles including nonsense poetry and limericks, but also dramatic. I wouldn't know which one to recommend to you, but maybe as Christmas is almost here: "Have a Very Merry Giftmas". Anyway thank you for sharing this poem by Dorothy Parker.

    • emi sue profile imageAUTHOR

      Emily Lantry 

      4 years ago from Tennessee

      WillieKimball, It is way too easy to feel like life is just passing you by, and not a very good feeling either. It is so easy to get caught up in life's demands and it's not always an easy task to sit back and enjoy the things that truly matter. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, and I'd also like to say thank you for your service.

    • emi sue profile imageAUTHOR

      Emily Lantry 

      4 years ago from Tennessee

      Sametebbutt, thank you for stopping by. Dorothy Parker is a real treat of an author. I plan on adding more of her work soon. She is definitely one of my favorites.

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      Willie Kimball 

      4 years ago from Indiana

      Excellent way to interpret this gorgeous wordplay. I definitely relate as well. I have 3 children and constantly find myself trying to "catch" everything. Feeling like I have missed important steps and milestones but strive to make up for my past transgressions. As a veteran I was gone from my family a lot. I try to enjoy life and my children everyday in order to live life rather than death. Excellent Hub!

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      4 years ago from Ireland

      Hi- Thanks for sharing this Dorothy Parker poem- I would like to read more by her


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