Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland / Maine / United States
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Rockland / Maine / United States
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Dirge Without Music

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I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the
love,—
They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not
approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the
world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.
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COMMENTS
OOFERISS 22 May 2019
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Castellenas John 22 March 2019
A classic. Poet used the words with great skill. Made the reader believe every word.
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stewart howes 03 May 2018
This is beautiful and I understand your train of thought
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Shanelle 26 February 2018
I like to read my music player so I like to play music lyrics for kids songs
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Richard St. Charles Curry 08 December 2017
I am resigned. I do not approve. But I am resigned to feed the roses.
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Cor Lageweg 18 September 2017
I am not someone who reads or really understands poetry. But this so haunting and beautiful, such few words loaded with so much emotion.
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Brian Jani 19 June 2014
A very well written poem here i absolutely like it
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Colleen Courtney 17 May 2014
A true but sad piece. We all will end up this way eventually. Why fight it. Resign yourself to the fact that this is what life is.
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