Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

I Shall Go Back - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I shall go back again to the bleak shore
And build a little shanty on the sand
In such a way that the extremest band
Of brittle seaweed shall escape my door
But by a yard or two; and nevermore
Shall I return to take you by the hand.
I shall be gone to what I understand,
And happier than I ever was before.
The love that stood a moment in your eyes,
The words that lay a moment on your tongue,
Are one with all that in a moment dies,
A little under-said and over-sung.
But I shall find the sullen rocks and skies
Unchanged from what they were when I was young.


Comments about I Shall Go Back by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • (7/11/2016 11:45:00 PM)


    A short journey down the memory lane to recollect some sweet moments enjoyed during youth, depicted with an amazing style. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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  • Amar Agarwala (7/11/2016 7:57:00 PM)


    An interesting piece of literature... with a touch of mysticism. (Report) Reply

  • (7/11/2016 7:12:00 PM)


    Uncomfortably like The Lake At Innisfree, of Yeats. I personally think she lost it, when her work shed its 1920's flippancy. See (of course) Recuerdo to appreciate the difference. MM (Report) Reply

  • (7/11/2016 6:01:00 PM)


    ..........beautiful and nostalgic ★ (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (7/11/2016 5:07:00 PM)


    She had a style entirely her own- there was a touch of Gothic mysteries about some of her poetry (Report) Reply

  • David Christopher Lacey (7/11/2016 4:09:00 PM)


    A fantastic piece and great introduction to Edna St. Vincent Millay. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/11/2016 1:16:00 AM)


    Unchanged from what they were! Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • (5/17/2014 10:45:00 AM)


    Another piece I've always liked by the poet. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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