Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland / Maine / United States
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Rockland / Maine / United States
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Conscientious Objector

Rating: 2.8

I shall die, but
that is all that I shall do for Death.
I hear him leading his horse out of the stall;
I hear the clatter on the barn-floor.
He is in haste; he has business in Cuba,
business in the Balkans, many calls to make this morning.
But I will not hold the bridle
while he clinches the girth.
And he may mount by himself:
I will not give him a leg up.

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Codie Shafer 21 July 2008

THIS POEM BLOEWS THE BIG ONE I GOTTA DO A PROJECT FOR SCHOOL FO IT I HATE IT! ! !

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Codie Shafer 21 July 2008

im just ognna flood this with comments

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gone gone 14 April 2007

True courage and loyalty......an oath to lfe and justice.....beautifully said

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Yacov Mitchenko 30 December 2009

I wouldn't think Death needs Millay's help anyway. Well said, though.

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Lamont Palmer 13 May 2005

This is a great poem, and sums up beautifully man's spirit in the face of his mortality!

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3673734242 15 November 2018

dis like death my u can like pown me but u aint powning anybody elsE with my help liek i mean i may be useless to do agaienst u but liike i aint helping u even If it helpin me right

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kouin 01 April 2018

Swiss Army Questionnaire for C.O.'s.

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I will die, yes. But I will not serve Death by killing in war, by betraying anyone who is hiding from killers. My death is inevitable, but human killing of one another is a different story. I object and refuse to participate.

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Colleen Courtney 17 May 2014

Not a big fan of this poem for some unknown reason.

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John Robinson 24 May 2012

I AHTE THIS PEOM I HAVE TO DO AN ESAY ON THIS FOR 25% OF MY GCSE WTF THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN WRIGHT ABOUT THIS SO I THINK I AM JUST GOING TO SPAM IT LIKE THIS OTHER GUY DID BEFOR

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