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Resume by Dorothy Parker

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Hunter Warren

on 4 December 2013

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Transcript of Resume by Dorothy Parker

Resume Dorothy Parker
Elements of the poem
Quatrains in Diameter
The lines are written in ABAB format and composed of two quatrains.
A very simplistic style that makes the poem seem almost childlike, making her poem seem even less serious.
Analysis of the Poem
an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999. The band's members are lead vocalist M. Shadows, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Zacky Vengeance, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Synyster Gates, bass guitarist Johnny Christ and drummer Arin Ilejay
"Dorothy Parker." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2013): 1. Academic Search Premier. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.

The Theme of the poem Resume is Death and Suicide.
The poem is fairly obvious in being a laundry list of suicide attempts.

The theme could also be life, for it is too much hassle to cause death. maybe life is worth living if such trivial matters are a reason to prevent death.

Avenged Sevenfold
Won't See You Tonight
This song has 2 parts: Part 1 is about suicide from the point of view of the one committing it. The second part is from the perspective of a friend. The song was clearly influenced by Pantera's songs "Suicide Note Pt. 1" and "Suicide Note Pt. 2."

Matthew Sanders (M.Shadows),the lead singer, wrote this song when he unfortunately walked in on the bands former bass player Justin Sane trying to commit suicide by overdosing on cough syrup.

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
and drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

Dorothy Parker 1893-1967
American short-story and verse writer. Legendary for her sardonic wit.

Her first volume of poetry "Enough Rope" brought her fame and her most popular story "Big Blonde".

She also was involved with the Communist Party in the 1930s, which led to her being blacklisted in Hollywood
About the Author

Dorothy Parker was no stranger to suicide attempts. She made her first attempt in January 1923 by slitting her wrists and out of the episode came “Resume,” one of Parker’s better known poems. She would make several more suicide attempts by overdosing on a sedative called Veronal, taking sleeping powders and drinking a bottle of shoe polish.
John Roberts http://www.humanities360.com/index.php/poetry-analysis-resume-by-dorothy-parker-2-13655/
By Dorothy Parker
The poem is fairly obvious in being a laundry list of suicide attempts or more precise, how these various means of ending one’s life are annoying. They are such a pain to achieve; you may as well go on living. The title can refer to a resume of suicide attempts or to resume life because suicide is such a hassle.
Razors can pain you because cutting hurts. Rivers are damp is you get wet drowning. Acid stains you is leaving behind a messed up corpse. Drugs cause cramp is final moments experiencing a stomach ache. Guns aren’t lawful makes no sense and seems a stretch to find a rhyme with awful. Perhaps the liberal minded Parker was experiencing some wishful thinking. Noose give is you can botch hanging yourself if you fail to correctly tie the rope. Gas smells awful is obvious.
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