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Satire in Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker was born in 1893 and died in 1967. She is known for using a mixture of humor, satire, and sarcasm in her poems. Satire is a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule of scorn. Three poems in which she uses humor, satire, and sarcasm are “Rsum”, “Comment”, and “One Perfect Rose”.In the poem “Comment” she uses an example of sarcasm. Sarcasm is harsh or bitter derision or irony. This poem is about how life is sweet bliss. The sarcasm displayed in the poem is the reference to Maria of Romania and the quote “And I am Maria of Romania”. Maria of Romania was a lady who had a horrible life; her life wasn’t sweet bliss as described in this poem. The point showed in this poem is described by this quote, “Dorothy Parker was famous for her wit and sarcasm”. In her poem titled “Rsum” she uses a mix of satire and humor. Humor is a sudden, unpredictable, or unreasoning inclination. This poem is about many ways of committing suicide, it tells you that u can uses razors, guns, acids and other things but they all hurt you in some way. The humor and satire is displayed from this line from the poem, “You might as well live”. This line is basically saying suicide is painful so just live. “Dorothy caustically shows her disapproval by use of sarcasm and satire.” In the poem “One Perfect Rose” she tells how her boyfriend sent her one rose ever since she met him but she wants something better. The lines “Why is it no one ever sent me yet one” and “One perfect limousine, do you suppose?” shows how she wants more than just a rose. These lines show her use of humor in the poem. “The senses of adventure and fun combine with a practical turn of mind to produce works that make fun of the stated or implicit ideals”. This quote shows how she used the ele...

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