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One Perfect Rose

One Perfect Rose

by Dorothy Parker

Man and the Natural World Quotes Page 1

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

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.

Quote #2

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.

Quote #3

I knew the language of the floweret; (5)

The rhyme on "floweret" and "amulet" is interesting. It emphasizes the connection between nature and spiritual or emotional belief (like love) at the level of sound.