Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Analysis of "Resumé" by Dorothy Parker

Original poem reprinted online here: "Resumé" by Dorothy Parker
Originally read: October 13, 2013
More information about the Poet: Dorothy Parker


So I'm looking up resume because I assumed I knew what the definition.

Resume -- "a brief account of a person’s education, qualifications, and previous experience, typically sent with a job application." or "a summary." How to interpret the title in context to the resume?  Especially an abab rhyme scheme one as well.

Well let's go down the list, "Razors pain you;" is a correlation line -- razor's cause pain, just like the next line, "Rivers are damp."  Past me noted at this point, "death/suicide tactics diffused for superfluous reasons."  Great, now why?

The list becomes easily diffused, "Acids stain you; / And drugs cause cramp"  I don't know any drugs that cause cramps, unless overdosed.  I think this is the point where the idea of suicide is tied down here.

And it's as though the speaker is just reaching for any reason to not kill oneself, "Guns aren't lawful;" is a more superfluous reason while "Nooses give" is the shortest line but has bigger implications (give) that can be overlooked.

"Gas smells awful" Car or something bigger, but this poem delves in with the personal.

"You might as well live"  when I saw the word "resume"  the last line came across as an objective in a resume. But the qualifications are based on either failed attempts or simple logic, perhaps both.  In either case, reasons do not need to be complex to live. 

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