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One Perfect Rose

One Perfect Rose

by Dorothy Parker

Love Theme

"One Perfect Rose" is a love poem alright, but not of the… ahem, usual variety. That's right. There's no "Oh thank you so much for the flowers" in here. Nope. It's all about how the rituals of love have become cliché. Perfect roses? Everybody in love sends those, and, frankly, it's a little boring. That, at any rate, is this poem's take on romantic love. It's high time for a change, our speaker suggests.

Questions About Love

  1. Does the speaker's focus on the limousine make her seem like a gold digger looking for money and wealth?
  2. Does the guy in this poem seem like a loving guy, really?
  3. What is the effect of calling a rose love's "amulet"? 
  4. Why do you think people have used roses to express their love for so long?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Sorry, friends. Flowers aren't genuine expressions of love. They are like amulets that are used without much thought or effort, just as a security policy to keep love going.

Love needs to adapt itself to the times, yo! Flowers are old news, and should be replaced with something more creative.

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