Reflection on Certain lady

Reflectionon Certain lady

Poetryhas been a fundamental component of the contemporary and traditionalhuman society. More often than not, it has been recognized thatpoetry comes with a number of topics or themes, with the mostprevalent ones being romance, love, betrayal among others. In thecase of “Certain Lady” by Dorothy Parker, it is evident that sheis primarily speaking to a man that she bears some intimaterelationship and admiration for. She states that she can “drinkyour rushing words with eager lips (Parker1.3)”and that when he “rehearseyour list of loves to me, oh I can laugh and marvel rapturous-eyed”(Parker, 1,6)

However,she seems to hide scorn in her tone as it is evident that the subjectof the poem is a philandering individual who “lists his loves” toher, which means he has many lovers. Of course, as a reader, onewould feel some element of hatred for the man in question asphilandering is the height of dishonesty in any given situation. Evenmore disgusting is the fact that he has no qualms about going outthere and bringing his “talesof fresh adventurings, of ladies delicately indiscreet”to the woman. This means that not only is he unfaithful to her but heis also disrespectful and not afraid of getting her to discover abouthis escapades.

Ofcourse, the anxiety and unhappiness of the speaker is evident prettyearly in the speech particularly where she states “Andyou laugh back, nor can you ever see, The thousand little deaths myheart has died”(Parker, 1.7). This shows that her heart is anxious and unable totake the philandering ways of the individual and would wish to havehim change his ways. In reading the last two stanzas, perhaps itwould be best to make the voice as low and cold as possible. Thesentences are bound to send the message that the speaker may alsohave taken to revenging the actions of the subject through lookingfor other lovers.


Parker,Dorothy. Certain lady. Poem Hunter, 1967. Web retrieved from