Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

Edna St. Vincent Millay Poems

81. Sonnet Vi: This Door You Might Not Open 1/1/2004
82. Doubt No More That Oberon 1/13/2003
83. Lines For A Grave-Stone 1/1/2004
84. Prayer To Persephone 1/13/2003
85. Intention To Escape From Him 1/13/2003
86. Journey 1/13/2003
87. The Little Ghost 1/13/2003
88. Dirge 1/13/2003
89. To A Young Poet 1/1/2004
90. Sonnets 04: Only Until This Cigarette Is Ended 1/13/2003
91. Indifference 1/13/2003
92. Souvenir 1/13/2003
93. Sonnets 07: When I Too Long Have Looked Upon Your Face 1/13/2003
94. Sweet Love, Sweet Thorn, When Lightly To My Heart 1/13/2003
95. Ode To Silence 1/13/2003
96. Thursday 1/1/2004
97. No Rose That In A Garden Ever Grew 1/1/2004
98. Chorus 1/13/2003
99. The Snow Storm 1/13/2003
100. Wild Swans 1/13/2003
101. I Do But Ask That You Be Always Fair 1/1/2004
102. Sonnet (Women Have Loved Before As I Love Now) 1/13/2003
103. Sorrow 1/13/2003
104. Grown-Up 1/1/2004
105. The Philosopher 1/13/2003
106. Blight 1/13/2003
107. Midnight Oil 1/13/2003
108. Recuerdo 1/1/2004
109. The Death Of Autumn 1/13/2003
110. When The Year Grows Old 1/4/2003
111. Night Is My Sister, And How Deep In Love 1/13/2003
112. Sonnet 01: Thou Art Not Lovelier Than Lilacs,&Mdash;No 1/13/2003
113. Not In A Silver Casket Cool With Pearls 1/13/2003
114. Low-Tide 1/13/2003
115. The Dream 1/13/2003
116. The Goose-Girl 1/13/2003
117. Mariposa 1/13/2003
118. Daphne 1/13/2003
119. The Leaf And The Tree 1/13/2003
120. Feast 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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