One Perfect Rose
by Dorothy Parker
One Perfect Rose Man and the Natural World Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
A single flow'r he sent me, since we met. (1)
The poem's very first words make us think of loneliness: "a" and "single." The single flower foreshadows or anticipates the woman's own feelings of loneliness.
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet—
One perfect rose (3-4).
The speaker's description here contrasts with her frustration. She clearly likes something about the rose, or likes something enough to spend two lines talking about it.