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A Certain Lady

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Prof: Rennie
English 102
April 16, 2013 "A Certain Lady" is a poem written in the past, but is still relevant in today's time. Dorothy Parker was an amazing writer. "A Certain Lady" was interpreted as a woman who pretended to be somebody she is not. Due to the title "Certain Lady" that Parker uses as the theme of this poem, they could describe who the speaker really was. She was a woman who hid her inner feelings just to please her husband; it also shows how much he does not or will not know this eccentric. "All the straining things within my heart you'll never know.... And what goes on my love, while you're away, you will never know." These line tells me how sad she was and the emotion she had to deal with in the relationship. The first stanza of this poem explains all the pretence she portrays whenever he's around. " Oh, I can smile for you, and tilt my head, and drink your rushing words with eager lips, and paint my mouth for you a fragrant red , And trace your brows with tutored finger-tips." The image of this phrase tells me how ignorant he was and too blind to see the tears in her eyes. She pretended to be who she's not. The speaker's tone also describes her experiences with the situation. " Painting my mouth for you a fragrant red" sounds like things he admired on her the most. So, she is to be the top of her game and playing her role, and yet he cannot see the character she is: she must be a lady with lots of experience. " When you rehearse your list of love to me, Oh, I can laugh and marvel, rapturous-eyed". The third stanza ends with these line, my favorite: " And you laugh back, nor can you ever see the thousand little deaths my heart has died...And you believe , so well I know my part." these lines remains me of what goes on in our society today. Some marriages and relationships are falling apart because of these same reasons:...

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