Edna St. Vincent Millay

(22 February 1892 – 19 October 1950 / Rockland / Maine / United States)

Edna St. Vincent Millay
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Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet, playwright and feminist. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and was known for her activism and her many love affairs. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work.

Early Life

Millay was born in Rockland, Maine to Cora Lounella, a nurse, and Henry Tollman Millay, a schoolteacher who would later become superintendent of schools. Her middle name derives from St. Vincent's Hospital in New York, where her uncle's life had been saved just before her birth. The family's house was "between the mountains and the sea where baskets of apples and drying herbs on the porch mingled their scents with those ... more »

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  • ''I will be the gladdest thing
    Under the sun!
    I will touch a hundred flowers
    And not pick one.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. Afternoon on a Hill (l. 1-4). . ; pseud. "Nancy Boyd" Collected Poems [Edna St. Vincent Millay]. N...
  • ''It mattering not how beautiful you were,
    Or how beloved above all else that dies.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. And You as Well Must Die, Beloved Dust (l. 13-14). . ; pseud. "Nancy Boyd" Collected Poems [Edna S...
  • ''this wonder fled,
    Altered, estranged, disintegrated, lost.
    Nor shall my love avail you in your hour.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. And You as Well Must Die, Beloved Dust (l. 7-9). . ; pseud. "Nancy Boyd" Collected Poems [Edna St....
  • Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age.
    The child is grown, and puts away childish things.
    Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.
    Nobody that matte...
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet and author. "Childhood Is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies," Wine From the Grapes (1934).
  • ''Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.
    Nobody that matters, that is.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies, Wine From These Grapes (1934).
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  • Hunter Freaking Foster (11/22/2013 3:21:00 PM)

    Truly an awesome poet. I majored in poetry, and I can say for myself that this is a great poet.

  • John Hardesty (7/2/2013 1:29:00 PM)

    Maine claims her, and America labeled her a poet! Would have loved to met her, in her time! One of my favorite and most cherished!

  • Willie Walker (2/16/2012 3:33:00 PM)

    And I to lie with you, Melissa. On a bright sunshiny morning in the High Sierras or in an evening during the magic of an alpenglow..

  • Gabrielle A. Macdonald (1/18/2012 7:25:00 PM)

    One of the poems iin which Millay is shattered and humiliated not by the loss of love but by the travesty of justice during the Sacco-Vanzetti trumped up trial. Both were executed - more for being Italian immigrants and anarchists..than for anything based on evidence. Compare to the infamous Dreyfuss Affair in France.
    The pernicious weeds have won, Millay's character thinks.

  • Michael Harmon (4/19/2009 4:24:00 PM)

    I guess my previous information was incorrect. This PH biography seems to imply she died from smoking; my understanding was that she fell down a flight of steps at her home and broke her neck.

  • Melissa Nelson (10/21/2005 7:00:00 AM)

    This poem created a relaxing feel for me. I would give anything to be able to just lay under the sun on a hill.

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