By Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), winner in 1923 of the second one annual Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, was once a bold, flexible author whose paintings comprises performs, essays, brief tales, songs, and the libretto to an opera that premiered at New York's Metropolitan Opera apartment to rave reviews.
Millay infused new lifestyles into conventional poetic varieties, bringing new wish to a iteration of teen disenchanted by way of the political and social upheaval of the 1st international conflict. She ventured fearlessly past regular poetic matters to take on political injustice, social discrimination, and women's sexuality in her poems and prose. within the Twenties and '30s, Millay used to be thought of a spokesperson for private freedom in the United States, rather for ladies, and we flip to her strains to light up the social heritage of the interval and the Bohemian way of life she and her neighbors enjoyed.
Yet Millay's poetry continues to be decisively smooth in its message, and it keeps to resonate with readers dealing with own and ethical matters that defy the try of time: romantic love, loss, betrayal, compassion for each other, social equality, patriotism, and the stewardship of the common world.
Collected Poems good points Millay's incisive and impassioned lyric poetry and sonnets, a lot of that are thought of top-of-the-line within the language, in addition to the poet's final quantity, Mine the Harvest, compiled and released in 1956 through her sister Norma Millay.
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What words suffice To tell her direful enmity toward ice? Clutching her hatchet that has long served fire She haggles out her window, higher, higher, Hacking the icicles that scar the eaves, Then cursing those her hatchet scars but leaves. Oh, does she never dread, being so old, She'll break her neck or catch her death of cold? No, for she's sworn nine oaths she will not die While there is ice on earth or snow in sky! Page 21 Second Sister Bewitched by blackfrost, withered like a weed, Old Adam's wife has long since gone to seed.
Call him a seer. His slow relentless eyes Hour after lonely hour Scan and still scan Horizons of a hemisphere A sky notched compass-wise Each windy point a peak Each peak a rock Chocorua's curved beak, Washington, Moosilauke. Speak: from the west can any shock Shake off this granite petal? From the east can any power Break rock or man or metal? Hay Heaviness "I love hay more than any other crop But corn," she said as we stood in the hayfield Heavy and sweet in sun and wind with clover, Tall with timothy that stood there ready To be loved and almost ready to be cut.
Trace its eccentric course Through the curved universe. Expound to us the law By which we see again The comet we first saw As boys, now as old men. Page 32 Days Nothing between this day and days you knew. Greenness overruns The air, leaving room only for birds To fly and birds to sing and wind and sun And you riding a small boy on your shoulders Pausing to see and point a bird, the same bird. We are older now. ) Too many days like this have made us old. Clouds Blight and disease will never reach cloud-high To touch those perfect clouds with flaw or pain.
Collected Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay