Ms. Parker misleads the reader in the first and second stanzas into believing the romantic with word choices like "tenderly", "pure", and "perfect" to describe the rose and its sender directly influencing the readers initial reaction to the poem; as well as he way she writes the poem. Written ABAB format with four lines to each stanza and every other line rhyming, they are short, sweet, and melodic. The musical quality helps draw the reader into believing the poems purpose is a romantic recollection. The tense of the entire poem changes dramatically when reading the third stanza; where Ms. Parker allows the reader to grasp the real intentions of the poem, a cynical and bewildered recollection of the memory. It is with the shift of the tone that the reader understands the meaning of the poem, not sweet but sarcastic and perhaps bitter instead.
In reading the poem a second time, with the knowledge of its bitter notions, the reader sees what is purposely hidden but directly affects the overall tone. Ms. Parker mentions first the gentleman has one sent "a single flow'r" (line 1 first stanza) and emphasizes that with the line "one single rose" (line 4). This is a repetition that at first seems as if Ms. Parker is noting the delicacy of the flower but in reading the last stanza there is the realization that she is pouting that she has only received one flower - that's all. Although there is a melodic quality to this poem, the rhythm stresses the abruptness of her speech. She speaks in short fragmented sentences, as if she couldn't be bothered to spend much time on the poem.