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The Satin Dress Analysis

Author: poem of Dorothy Parker Type: poem Views: 8

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Needle, needle, dip and dart,

Thrusting up and down,

Where's the man could ease a heart

Like a satin gown?

See the stitches curve and crawl

Round the cunning seams-

Patterns thin and sweet and small

As a lady's dreams.

Wantons go in bright brocade;

Brides in organdie;

Gingham's for the plighted maid;

Satin's for the free!

Wool's to line a miser's chest;

Crepe's to calm the old;

Velvet hides an empty breast

Satin's for the bold!

Lawn is for a bishop's yoke;

Linen's for a nun;

Satin is for wiser folk-

Would the dress were done!

Satin glows in candlelight-

Satin's for the proud!

They will say who watch at night,

"What a fine shroud!"


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A man to ease a heart: This is a plea for a man that is capable of tenderness.
This lady does not wish for much: her dreams are sweet and small. Tenderness is not much to ask for after all.
Satin\'s for a liberated woman and a bold woman.
Satin\'s for a wiser/worldy woman, (not a nun, yet this dress is not yet done because the owner is not yet ready to \"fill the dress\")
Once the lady dons this satin dress: she will be dead. Because of the \"shroud\" in the sentence. AND of course Dorothy probably used Satin as a metaphor for her wedding dress as she separated from her husband Edwin in 1922 but had not yet divorced til 1928. AND she was having a x affair with Seward Collins, publisher of \"The Bookman\" who MIGHT have been courting her for her \'readership drawer\' more than for romantic reasons..

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