Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

Edna St. Vincent Millay Poems

1. Inert Perfection 3/11/2016
2. I will put Chaos into fourteen lines 10/24/2015
3. The Prisoner 7/30/2015
4. She Is Overheard Singing 6/18/2015
5. Childhood Is The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies 11/28/2014
6. The Courage That My Mother Had 1/3/2015
7. Underground System 1/13/2003
8. We Talk Of Taxes... 1/1/2004
9. The Fledgling 1/13/2003
10. Sonnet 04: Not In This Chamber Only At My Birth 1/13/2003
11. Memorial To D.C. 1/13/2003
12. Sonnets 11: As To Some Lovely Temple, Tenantless 1/13/2003
13. Sonnet Iii: Mindful Of You The Sodden Earth 1/1/2004
14. Sonnet V: If I Should Learn 1/1/2004
15. Pastoral 1/13/2003
16. Sonnets 02: Into The Golden Vessel Of Great Song 1/13/2003
17. Scrub 1/13/2003
18. Inland 1/13/2003
19. Sonnets 06: No Rose That In A Garden Ever Grew 1/13/2003
20. Sonnets 05: Once More Into My Arid Days Like Dew 1/13/2003
21. Lines Written In Recapitulation 1/13/2003
22. Sonnets 10: Oh, My Beloved, Have You Thought Of This 1/13/2003
23. Whereas At Morning In A Jeweled Crown 1/13/2003
24. Sonnets 12: Cherish You Then The Hope I Shall Forget 1/13/2003
25. Sonnet 03: Mindful Of You The Sodden Earth In Spring 1/13/2003
26. My Most Distinguished Guest And Learned Friend 1/13/2003
27. Rosemary 1/13/2003
28. Eel-Grass 1/13/2003
29. The Bean-Stalk 1/13/2003
30. Make Bright The Arrows 1/13/2003
31. Sonnets 03: Not With Libations, But With Shouts And Laughter 1/13/2003
32. Wraith 1/13/2003
33. The Penitent 1/13/2003
34. Two Sonnets In Memory 1/13/2003
35. If Still Your Orchards Bear 1/13/2003
36. Portrait By A Neighbour 1/13/2003
37. Menses 1/13/2003
38. The Blue-Flag In The Bog 1/13/2003
39. Sonnets 09: Let You Not Say Of Me When I Am Old 1/13/2003
40. I Know The Face Of Falsehood And Her Tongue 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Edna St. Vincent Millay

What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, And Where, And Why (Sonnet Xliii)

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.
Thus in winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A ...

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City Trees

The trees along this city street,
Save for the traffic and the trains,
Would make a sound as thin and sweet
As trees in country lanes.

And people standing in their shade
Out of a shower, undoubtedly
Would hear such music as is made
Upon a country tree.

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