Selected Poems

  • Title: Selected Poems
  • Author: Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • ISBN: 9780060931681
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • Selected Poems A magnificent anthology of the finest works of Edna St Vincent Millay perhaps the premier American lyricist of the twentieth century
    A magnificent anthology of the finest works of Edna St Vincent Millay, perhaps the premier American lyricist of the twentieth century.

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    About Edna St. Vincent Millay


    1. Edna St Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet and playwright She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her feminist activism and her many love affairs She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work This famous portrait of Vincent as she was called by friends was taken by Carl Van Vechten in 1933.


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    1. My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes and oh, my friends--- It gives a lovely light!Edna St. Vincent Millay's poetry came as a surprise to me. I had heard of her before but never read anything by her. I found her to appeal to something within me. I had just finished a book of poems by Robert Frost but found I wasn't as smitten with him as I used to be so I went looking for other poets. The name of Edna St. Vincent Millay popped up in a search of poets. so I de [...]

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    2. Shame led me to read this book of poetry. Here is how it went. Last November I read a blog post by Dave Cullen in which he pointed out the disparity between male and female authors receiving recognition. The column stuck with me. Fast-forward to last month as I mulled over what present to get my niece for her high school graduation. I bought her a new hardbound collegiate dictionary. But I also wanted to get her a work of prose or poetry to try out, something of proven literary merit. My initial [...]

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    3. "The best of Millay's virtuoso sonnets and short lyrics in a selection that spans her entire career." (from the back cover) Indeed, the American Poets Project selection of Millay's poetry includes the best of Renascence and Other Poems (such as "Afternoon on a Hill"), A Few Figs from Thistles (such as "First Fig"), Second April (such as "Alms"), The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems (such as "Autumn Chant"), The Buck in the Snow (such as "To Inez Milholland"), The King's Henchman, Wine from These Grap [...]

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    4. Still haunted by "So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind"

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    5. I bought a beautiful little 1929 leather bound book of Millay's poems this Saturday at the Allentown Book and Paper Show. The endpapers are pale spotted watercolor and the inside edge of the cover is bordered in a gold pattern. When you read the poems they are framed so lovely by it. The spine of this slim volume is raised in the traditional way. What a wonderful book! I read it through and savored every poem. Some it seemed were written just for me in that moment.

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    6. Edna St. Vincent Millay was a fascinating and mercurial individual, and her poetry reflects that. Though occasionally tending toward the maudlin, her verses contain a lot of sharp wit, biting angst, dark humor, and even, occasionally, a ray of hope. This is the perfect collection to brood with on a stormy day or when nursing a broken heart.

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    7. Vincent's good with a phrase, certainlyBut these were too antiquated for meI can only read about so many trees and flowersYou can tell she wrote sheltered in her country-house hoursBut when she goes dark, there's surprising witHer best verse is about death, I must admit

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    8. So many poems I would like to print out on small cards, laminate, and then hand to every guy I've ever dated.

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    9. I have always loved Edna St. Vincent Millay's "My candle burns at both ends" So when a reading challenge required that I read a book by someone who shared a first name with one of my grandparents, this seemed like a good choice. I generally don't read books of poetry, but I do enjoy poetry. Unfortunately I was terribly disappointed in these poems. They are petulant and mawkish. Many sound like something a young girl would write dealing with lost love. There are some nice phrases: "Unremembered a [...]

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    10. Who doesn't love First Fig?:    My candle burns at both ends;      It will not last the night;    But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends-      It gives a lovely light!But my favorite Millay poem (so far) is actually Modern Declaration. Otherwise I haven't found that many poems here that I come back to, but I have the same attitude towards books of poetry that I have towards cook books, if just one poem (or recipe) in a book becomesyoursthen the book has earned its price of admis [...]

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    11. This book was filled with beautiful passages and stunning talent. There were a few pieces in the collection that I didn't care for, such as the Aria Da Capo, but I liked the rest of them enough to buy the book so that I can re-read it. It astounds me that someone could take words and arrange them in such a way that they cut and cry. If you aren't familiar with metrical poetry, I would recommend trying this collection as a gentle introduction. I had no idea that she was famous at such a young age [...]

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    12. Time does not bring relief; you all have liedWho told me time would ease me of my pain!I miss him in the weeping of the rain;I want him at the shrinking of the tide;The old snows melt from every mountain-side,And last year's leaves are smoke in every lane;But last year's bitter loving must remainHeaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide.There are a hundred places where I fearTo go,—so with his memory they brim.And entering with relief some quiet placeWhere never fell his foot or shone his [...]

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    13. One of my all time favorite poets.

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    14. Some of my favorite poems on love, travel, and living in the moment.

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    15. I had never even heard of Millay prior to asking for some poetry recs (Thanks Anne), and thought I would check her out. Her work is simply brilliant! I love her style but most importantly her verse resonates with my soul and touches me in profound ways that can't be seen are difficult to describe.This collection was broken up into different sections/years. The first (and my favorite section was (1917)Renascence- This may have been my favorite of the entire collection, but I keep changing my mind [...]

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    16. Do I get a membership in some club for reading a book of poetry? Maybe the hipster intellectuals? No, probably not, at least not for reading Millay's accessible poetry. I enjoyed re-reading my favorite short poems, like "Afternoon on a Hill," and discovered some beautiful new ones, like her classic long poems "Renascence" and "Sonnets from an Ungrafted Tree." But some of the rest were uninspiring (I was unable to read the endless "Fatal Interview"). This is my first time reading beyond the short [...]

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    17. I heard one of the author's poems read at a funeral for a man who died way too soon. After hearing it, I went looking for a collection of her poems. This is a small collection that has some introductory information at the front that is great.Some of the poems:Dirge without music - this is the one read at the funeralTime does not bring relief; you all have liedGrown UpThe CairnOh, Oh, You Will be Sorry for that Word!Conscientious ObjectorHere in a Rocky CupSome Things are DarkMen Working

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    18. I don't read poetry very much, but after reading Edna's biography, "Savage Beauty", I realized how talented she was and wanted to read more of her work. My favorites are the sonnets, especially a series of sonnets that tell a story. As a bonus, most of her poems are based on experiences of ordinary Americans in American settings, which helps we Americans to identify and understand her meaning. A pleasure.

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    19. Millay is where I go when other women might turn to angry-girl rock music. This woman is feisty. I am only saddened by a lack of some of my favorite poems in this selection of her work. For example: "TIME does not bring relief; you all have liedWho told me time would ease me of my pain!" (from Sonnet II)

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    20. I remember a while back when someone was perusing my bookshelf and was audibly amused at my collections of Millay. I have never gotten the scorn Millay faces or the thought that she was old fashioned. She's one of the few poets I re-read like visiting an old friend. Heck, I even like her World War 2 work (though obviously not on the same level as Akhmatova).

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    21. i first read this in high school after "baby" by patricia maclachlan referenced "dirge without music" and i fell in love with it. that is my favorite piece by millay but i also love her sassy/wicked/snarky love poems. or rather "end of love" poems. great read for a rainy sunday.

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    22. 2.5*I like Millay's work, but I feel I need to read every poem several times before it sinks in. My favourites are 'Dirge Without Music', 'Alms' and 'Spring'. I would definately read more of her work. She sounds like she was an interesting woman.

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    23. I think this is the first full book of poetry I've read. I really liked it at first (Renascence and Love is Not All were my favorites), but I didn't care for how her style changed through the years and I had to force myself to finish the book. I think I prefer reading poetry in small doses.

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    24. If you have never read any of Vincent's poetry, please do. It's awesome. Some of those sonnets really kick you in the chest.

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    25. Beautiful. Poignant. Heart-breaking. "And reaching up my hand to try,/ I screamed, to feel it touch the sky." Never lofty, never reaching.

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    26. Good. Never read Millay before. She was more reader-friendly than I expected for some reason.

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    27. Love her poetry. This was a beautiful selection of her work that I hope to read and reread for years to come.

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