Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

Sonnet (Women Have Loved Before As I Love Now) - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Women have loved before as I love now;
At least, in lively chronicles of the past—
Of Irish waters by a Cornish prow
Or Trojan waters by a Spartan mast
Much to their cost invaded—here and there,
Hunting the amorous line, skimming the rest,
I find some woman bearing as I bear
Love like a burning city in the breast.
I think however that of all alive
I only in such utter, ancient way
Do suffer love; in me alone survive
The unregenerate passions of a day
When treacherous queens, with death upon the tread,
Heedless and willful, took their knights to bed.


Comments about Sonnet (Women Have Loved Before As I Love Now) by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Rookie - 37 Points Colleen Courtney (5/17/2014 12:46:00 PM)

    Love the last two lines in this poem. Simply great. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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