Edna St. Vincent Millay

| October 18, 2011

When you find a new artist who you can relate to is a beautiful discovery. I was recently introduced to the work by Edna St.Vincent Millay (1892-1950), Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, playwright and feminist. An interesting character herself, Millay was involved in many love affairs over the course of her open marriage. Her liberal nature and independent spirit shine through in her work, capturing the way that many modern women feel about love. I know that I can relate to the fierce yet vulnerable emotions that are conveyed in her poems.

.To many people, poetry is a secret that must be decoded in order to find meaning. I learned in my poetry class that this is not true.Poetry is meant to be enjoyed in pieces as well as in the whole. Like music, anyone can find something inspirational in a few lyrical lines of words. Here is one of my favorite sonnets from Millay’s work:

“I shall forget you presently, my dear”

I shall forget you presently, my dear,
So make the most of this, your little day,
Your little month, your little half a year,
Ere I forget, or die, or move away,
And we are done forever; by and by
I shall forget you, as I said, but now,
If you entreat me with your loveliest lie
I will protest you with my favorite vow.
I would indeed that love were longer-lived,
And vows were not so brittle as they are,
But so it is, and nature has contrived
To struggle on without a break thus far,
Whether or not we find what we are seeking
Is idle, biologically speaking.

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