The short poem, "Solace," by Dorothy Parker explores the theme of loss through its title, Solace. By definition, solace means to give comfort or to console. In this first person narrated poem, the speaker witnesses three events of loss. The first event is the "rose that faded young." Parker uses the imagery of a rose that dies too soon because of a broken stem to symbolize youth that dies too quickly. The consolation given to the narrator is that there are many more roses, so do not grieve for this one loss.
The second event of loss is "the bird brought down to die." Again, the same words of comfort are used, many more birds "fill the sky," so do not be sad. Lastly, the poem shifts to a more personal loss. This loss concerns a girl "whose love fled." The same advice is given as a means to console the narrator; that is, there are many more young men out there so don't grieve. However, for anyone who has ever been left with a broken heart, it is little solace that another love may someday come along. In this manner, the title becomes ironic. For those who have lost what they cherish, there is little solace in simply knowing more exist.