Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

Edna St. Vincent Millay Poems

41. Sonnet 03: Mindful Of You The Sodden Earth In Spring 1/13/2003
42. The True Encounter 1/13/2003
43. Passer Mortuus Est 1/13/2003
44. Rosemary 1/13/2003
45. Scrub 1/13/2003
46. I Know The Face Of Falsehood And Her Tongue 1/13/2003
47. Two Sonnets In Memory 1/13/2003
48. Tavern 1/13/2003
49. Oh, My Belovèd, Have You Thought Of This 1/1/2004
50. To A Poet That Died Young 1/13/2003
51. Sonnet I: Thou Art Not Lovelier Than Lilacs 1/1/2004
52. The Plaid Dress 1/13/2003
53. Song Of A Second April 1/13/2003
54. The Little Hill 1/13/2003
55. Portrait By A Neighbour 1/13/2003
56. Whereas At Morning In A Jeweled Crown 1/13/2003
57. Sonnets 03: Not With Libations, But With Shouts And Laughter 1/13/2003
58. The Singing-Woman From The Wood's Edge 1/13/2003
59. The Unexplorer 1/13/2003
60. To Those Without Pity 1/13/2003
61. Elegy 1/13/2003
62. Interim 1/13/2003
63. Modern Declaration 1/13/2003
64. Sonnet Vi: This Door You Might Not Open 1/1/2004
65. Wraith 1/13/2003
66. The Little Ghost 1/13/2003
67. Epitaph 1/13/2003
68. Elegy Before Death 1/13/2003
69. Sonnet 06: Bluebeard 1/13/2003
70. Intention To Escape From Him 1/13/2003
71. Sonnets 09: Let You Not Say Of Me When I Am Old 1/13/2003
72. Journey 1/13/2003
73. The Fawn 1/13/2003
74. Sonnets 08: And You As Well Must Die, Beloved Dust 1/13/2003
75. Doubt No More That Oberon 1/13/2003
76. Sonnet 05: If I Should Learn, In Some Quite Casual Way 1/13/2003
77. Dirge 1/13/2003
78. Humoresque 1/1/2004
79. Lines For A Grave-Stone 1/1/2004
80. Think Not, Not For A Moment Let Your Mind 1/13/2003

Comments about Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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The Shroud

Death, I say, my heart is bowed
Unto thine,—O mother!
This red gown will make a shroud
Good as any other!

(I, that would not wait to wear
My own bridal things,
In a dress dark as my hair
Made my answerings.

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