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One Perfect Rose

One Perfect Rose

by Dorothy Parker

One Perfect Rose Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What is the effect of the speaker mentioning a limousine? Does it make her seem materialistic? Shallow?
  2. Why do you think the speaker seems so underwhelmed by her flower? Is she actually upset, or just kind of pretending?
  3. What is the effect of the refrain "one perfect rose"? Does it bore us? Does it reinforce the speaker's point?
  4. What effect is achieved by organizing the poem in three stanzas of four lines each?
  5. What do you think makes a rose a perfect rose, really?

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