Picking a Fight with Dorothy Parker

Picking a Fight with Dorothy Parker

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Not that I expect to win, just hoping to score high on courage!

One way to make sure your lines don’t scan is to write them in prose.

And that’s exactly what Ms. Parker did.

Her motive? Well, she didn’t keep us guessing!

Fighting Words

Say I’m neither brave nor young
Say I woo and coddle care,
Say the devil touched my tongue—

Still you have my heart to wear.

But say my verses do not scan,
And I get me another man!

Dorothy Parker

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 Oh Poor Ms. Dorothy Parker

 She toiled to get her lines to scan

 But then she wrote her lines in prose

 To get herself another man  

 And that’s the way the story goes!

 B. N. Faraj

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 A Brilliant Swindle I Suppose

 She toiled to get her lines to scan

 But then she wrote her lines in prose—

 A trick to get another man

 It worked: she had a ton of beaus!

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 I was convinced of that but then

 Her friends complained I wasn’t nice— 

 She never had a ton of men

 That’s why she married Alan twice!

 B. N. Faraj                                   

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