Collected Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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 condo to rave reviews.

Millay infused new existence into conventional poetic varieties, bringing new desire to a iteration of juvenile upset by means of the political and social upheaval of the 1st international warfare. She ventured fearlessly past everyday poetic matters to take on political injustice, social discrimination, and women's sexuality in her poems and prose. within the Nineteen Twenties and '30s, Millay used to be thought of a spokesperson for private freedom in the United States, quite for girls, and we flip to her traces to light up the social background of the interval and the Bohemian way of life she and her neighbors enjoyed.

Yet Millay's poetry continues to be decisively glossy in its message, and it keeps to resonate with readers dealing with own and ethical concerns that defy the try out of time: romantic love, loss, betrayal, compassion for each other, social equality, patriotism, and the stewardship of the average world.

Collected Poems beneficial properties Millay's incisive and impassioned lyric poetry and sonnets, lots of that are thought of one of the best within the language, in addition to the poet's final quantity, Mine the Harvest, compiled and released in 1956 by way of her sister Norma Millay.

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Everything about me was tight and brown: I obeyed the stringent laws of soap and salon. Between intersections, you began to fold my love poem into an airplane, its terraced wings crisp, as you steered with your knees. This, our common era, when I accepted such guts as gifts, when I would let you reach for me and pull out what you needed. At the last turn before you took me home, you flicked your light flying machine out the window, said, let’s see how far this baby will go. { 53 } Cicatrix You teach me a new word for scar, scissor it into my mouth, where I whisk it about, test the crunch of it between my teeth the way in sixth grade my friend Noreen buried her canines deep in my left wrist, leaving two pale bumps that rise from my skin, pink inchworms humping from bone to bone.

You were so much, far and nearby: where I expected my own reflection, you were, unusual, confused, your many bodies rising, monumental—less Medusa’s serpentine crown, carnival in its dizzying sway, and more obelisk, iceberg, fortified and cold, a regiment of soldiers stomping in lockstep. You looked hungry, licking your lips, your tongue rough, wet as the gold meat of a plum. I tore out of your endless reaching arms, crashed through transparent panes, not caring what ruins I made on my way to the mouth of the maze.

Let the wound wear its brilliant flash of scar as boast, as a terrible crown. { 50 } Maggot Therapy If only I could introduce you to all my wounds to work your healing art, to debride this necrotic part every medic has tried to restore. Let me add you to my armamentarium, to all the ways I’ve excised this grief, to the panoply of magnets and massage, twelve steps and hypnosis, sex, drugs, and rocks of rough words sunk to plumb this well. You could colonize each burn left by a lover’s tongue, fingers frostbitten by their own frigid touch, the bone marrow infection of regret.

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