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One Perfect Rose

One Perfect Rose


by Dorothy Parker

One Perfect Rose Theme of Man and the Natural World

Flowers are part of the natural world, and people have been using flowers forever to make their houses smell nice, their weddings look pretty, and to express their love. But, at least according to "One Perfect Rose," that was then, and this is now (as in 1926, when the poem was written). Nature just isn't cutting it anymore. Sure, roses are great and all, but in the modern world there are limousines and other modern items that are really a whole lot better.

Questions About Man and the Natural World

  1. What do you think scented dew is? Does the dew smell like dew, or something else?
  2. Does the rose's "fragile leaves" refer to the man who sent the rose, the love it represents, the futility of the gesture, or something else entirely? Why do you think so?
  3. What is the effect of calling the rose "pure"?
  4. How do you feel about that speaking flower? Does it belong in this poem? Why or why not?

Chew on This

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

Live in the now, folks. Nature is the past; technology is the future. Shiny new advances in technology have made nature a lot less interesting than it used to be.

Roses rule! Technology may be cool, but nature will always be purer. Always. Forever.

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