Analysis Of Dorothy Parker 's ' One Perfect Rose

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One Perfect Rose, is a short poem from Dorothy Parker’s first book of poetry Enough Rope (1926). Parker cohesively explores two major themes throughout the poem; frustration and disappointment. The two themes are conveyed in the narrative by the narrator who ultimately outlines a dissatisfaction with the cliched conventions of romance and courtship. The projection of these themes are outlined through three dominant modes of discourse which I will be engaging with throughout the literary commentary; structure, voice and the use of metaphor. The commentary will address these discourses in relation to an adaptation of the original poem into prose, taking into consideration the implications of textual adaptation. This textual intervention…show more content…
However, in the process of adapting the poetic form into prose fiction conceptual complications arise. Furthermore, in written prose, structure is less symbolic as there are less prior connotations and conventions associated with a novel 's aesthetic structure. Whereas, a poem’s form is dictated by the structure, such as a sonnet form; identified by having fourteen lines of poetry and following a strict rhyme scheme. In contrast to this, the structure of a novel form is defined through narrative, plot and setting. Therefore, in adaptation from poetry into prose the significance of structure has to be substituted by narrative in order to reinstate the same irony which Parker achieves structurally through her text. The type of irony would also have to be altered in order to fit the adapted text. In the prose version, verbal irony depicted through the narrative form is the most effective way of reproducing the irony in the original. Parker’s poem, employs situational irony, which is where the actions in a situation have the opposite effect and consequences from the original intention.

Ambiguous narration and voice is established in the poems inception, as the author states that she had received ‘a single flow’r’. The plural nature of the adjective ‘single’ creates uncertainty around the poem’s

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