Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

Apostrophe To Man - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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(On reflecting that the world
is ready to go to war again)

Detestable race, continue to expunge yourself, die out.
Breed faster, crowd, encroach, sing hymns, build
bombing airplanes;
Make speeches, unveil statues, issue bonds, parade;
Convert again into explosives the bewildered ammonia
and the distracted cellulose;
Convert again into putrescent matter drawing flies
The hopeful bodies of the young; exhort,
Pray, pull long faces, be earnest,
be all but overcome, be photographed;
Confer, perfect your formulae, commercialize
Bacateria harmful to human tissue,
Put death on the market;
Breed, crowd, encroach,
expand, expunge yourself, die out,
Homo called sapiens.


Comments about Apostrophe To Man by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • (5/16/2014 3:01:00 PM)


    Speaks from having lived through the ravages of war herself. Nicely written poem. (Report) Reply

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  • (3/14/2014 7:38:00 PM)

    Report mid=5618026
    Breed, crowd, encroach,
    expand, expunge yourself, die out,
    Homo called sapiens.
    Already Reported Reply

  • (7/2/2013 1:22:00 PM)

    Report mid=5618026
    She lived through two wars, the angst of death consumed many, just a few greats could tell or write about it! Already Reported Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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