Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

First Fig - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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.


Comments about First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Fabrizio Frosini (4/3/2016 6:07:00 AM)


    interesting metaphor of a candle that burns at both ends.. it doesn't last for long, but this way it's twice as brightly than a normal one.. (Report) Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (4/3/2016 6:07:00 AM)


    in ITALIAN:

    Primo Fico

    La mia candela brucia da entrambi i lati;
    Non durerà oltre la notte;
    Ma vi dirò, miei nemici, e anche a voi, amici miei—
    Dona una bella luce.
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  • (5/17/2014 9:06:00 AM)


    Ah! Her most famous and remembered poem! Have always loved reciting this little gem! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, August 8, 2015


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