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DOROTHY PARKER ENOUGH ROPE Nafisa Rebello It was Prof Eunice Dsouza who at the beginning of the year introduced us to the poems of Dorothy Parker It was just a brief glance something not from within the syllabus and forgotten the next day But Resume and War Song would not get out of my head that easily Intrigued by the woman who famously said Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses I took the first opportunity to find out more about her Therefore this internal assessment project focuses on Dorothy Parkers first set of published poems Enough Rope 1926 America of the 1920s Enough Rope was published in December of 1926 and by the spring of 1927 it was making publishing history by becoming a best seller an almost unprecedented achievement for a volume of poetry Its poems became a mantra of sorts for the new American woman The new American woman who was voting for the first time and was not afraid to be seen drinking smoking sniffing cocaine bobbing ones hair dancing the Charleston necking and getting caught Victorianism and the turn of the century Gibson Girl were out and in her place was a saucy booze-drinking cigarette-smoking knee-length-dress-wearing flapper In fact the loosening of restrictions on women was one of the most significant legacies of the 1920s Young women were wearing dresses and shockingly tight bathing suits that showed leg skin from the knee on down--an unprecedented flaunting of flesh They were caking on makeup rouge no less with the aplomb of streetwalkers--and mothers despaired Talking about Freud and sex were signs of hip ness While showing feminine flesh women also sported an androgynous look cutting
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