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Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker


Poet: Dorothy Parker

Dates: 22 August 1893 – 7 June 1967

Nationality: American

Title of Poem: Star Light, Star Bright

Star, that gives a gracious dole,
What am I to choose?
Oh, will it be a shriven soul,
Or little buckled shoes?

Shall I wish a wedding-ring,
Bright and thin and round,
Or plead you send me covering-
A newly spaded mound?

Gentle beam, shall I implore
Gold, or sailing-ships,
Or beg I hate forevermore
A pair of lying lips?

Swing you low or high away,
Burn you hot or dim;
My only wish I dare not say-
Lest you should grant me him


Brief Biography: Parker was a poet, short-story writer and satirist. She was a founder member of the Algonquin Round Table