Pity the Beautiful

A presentation

Pity the Beautiful by Dana Gioia

Pity the beautiful,

The dolls, and the dishes

The babes with big daddies

Granting their wishes.


Pity the pretty boys

The hunks, and apollos,

The golden lads whom

Success always follows.


The hotties, the knock-outs,

The tens out of ten,

The drop-dead gorgeous,

The great leading men.


Pity the faded,

The bloated, the blowsy,

The paunchy Adonis,

Who's lucks gone lousy.


Pity the gods,

No longer divine.

Pity the night

The stars lose their shine.

Poem analyzation

This poem explains that no matter how successful a person is, they face their own problems. Many of the people we look up to and admire sometimes struggle more than we do because of the position they are put in. So when we think that someone has it better than us because of their looks, talents, power, or wealth, this poem suggests that we should pity those people because they face bigger problems that we realize. This poem uses not only successful (or beautiful) people to get its point across, it also uses the unsuccessful. I like this because it lets you know as an individual that there are people that have bigger problems than you because they are highly successful, and there are people that should be pitied because they are less successful than you.


I chose this poem because it applies to all of us, and the struggle we face to better ourselves in order to measure up to someone else. We always compare ourselves based on someone else's success, but we never really stop and look at the problems and struggles that came with that success. I loved how this poem had some slight humor, even the title doesn't seem very logical until you understand the point the poem is trying to depict. This poem is a feel good poem, no matter what you are going through.

Song and Poem connection

The song relates to the poem because the lyrics are, "We call them cool

Those hearts that have no scars to show

The ones that never do let go

And risk the tables being turned


We call them fools

Who have to dance within the flame

Who chance the sorrow and the shame

That always comes with getting burned


But you've got to be tough when consumed by desire

'Cause it's not enough just to stand outside the fire


We call them strong

Those who can face this world alone

Who seem to get by on their own

Those who will never take the fall


We call them weak

Who are unable to resist

The slightest chance love might exist

And for that forsake it all


They're so hell-bent on giving ,walking a wire

Convinced it's not living if you stand outside the fire


Standing outside the fire

Standing outside the fire

Life is not tried, it is merely survived

If you're standing outside the fire "


This goes hand and hand with the poem by explaining that we all face a fire of problems if we live our lives, and it doesn't discriminate against the cool, the strong, the weak, or the beautiful. The song, just like the poem says how life is like standing in a fire, its just not living if you don't face any problems.

First World Problems

Rich vs. Poor

People judge me for being wealthy

I Cant fit the lambo in the garage

I don’t ask for help with my poverty

I Had to use a loan to by the 97 dodge


I cant find happiness in the things I buy

All my friends are here to use

Cant afford repairs so I DIY

Looking for a job, so I read the news


Sometimes I wish I didn’t live so lavishly

I’m doing what I can for my family