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One Perfect Rose Summary & Analysis
by Dorothy Parker

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The American poet Dorothy Parker published "One Perfect Rose" in her first book, Enough Rope (1926). The poem's speaker dryly mocks the clichéd romantic gesture of giving a lover a rose. After sarcastically waxing poetic about the beauty and emotional significance of a single "perfect rose," the speaker jokes that she'd much rather receive "one perfect limousine" as a gift. This poem pokes fun not just at old-fashioned gifts, but at old-fashioned (and rather sexist) ideas about romance in general.

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