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Résumé (Dorothy Parker)

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One of Parker's most famous poems, based on her experience in attempting suicide the fist time by slitting her wrists in 1923

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Résumé (Dorothy Parker)

  1. 1. Juão Maya presents
  2. 2. RÉSUMÉ A poem by Dorothy Parker
  3. 3. NOTES ON “RÉSUMÉ” This little eight-line poem is one of Parker’s most famous, based on her experience in attempting suicide the first time by slitting her wrists in 1923.
  4. 4. The last line – “You might as well live” – is exactly what her friend Robert Benchley said to her at the time. It serves as the punch line or the reversal “point” of the classical epigram, with a switch to a resigned or unconcerned tone of voice contrasting with the methodical catalog of suicide attempts.
  5. 5. https://prezi.com/uog47x3fbhsq/resume-by-dorothy-parker/ http://www.enotes.com/topics/resume The theme of “Résumé” is death and suicide and the poem is fairly obvious in being a laundry list of suicide methods. But the theme could also be life, for it is too much hassle to cause death -- and Parker says in her poem that trying to commit suicide is harder than living.
  6. 6. RÉSUMÉ
  7. 7. Razors pain you;
  8. 8. Rivers are damp;
  9. 9. Acids stain you;
  10. 10. And drugs cause cramp.
  11. 11. Guns aren’t lawful;
  12. 12. Nooses give;
  13. 13. Gas smells awful;
  14. 14. You might as well live. MUSIC “Aria” – Goldberg Variations J. S. Bach Glenn Gould, piano Images from internet

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