Euclid Alone Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Euclid Alone

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Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare.
Let all who prate of Beauty hold their peace,
And lay them prone upon the earth and cease
To ponder on themselves, the while they stare
At nothing, intricately drawn nowhere
In shapes of shifting lineage; let geese
Gabble and hiss, but heroes seek release
From dusty bondage into luminous air.
O blinding hour, O holy, terrible day,
When first the shaft into his vision shone
Of light anatomized! Euclid alone
Has looked on Beauty bare. Fortunate they
Who, though once only and then but far away,
Have heard her massive sandal set on stone.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Rogelio Guillermo 02 October 2017

nice sonnet. Thank you for sharing.

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Walterrean Salley 23 November 2016

(Euclid Alone by Edna St. Vincent Millay.) **Enjoyed simply for the reading.

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Colleen Courtney 17 May 2014

An interesting poem although not one of my favorites by the poet. still an enjoyable read.

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Ashley Walls 22 October 2009

The 'her' in the last line refers to beauty, who Millay personifies as a woman, not to Euclid

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Jerome Ullman 13 March 2008

I love this poem! It is so true that geometry is beautiful! That's what energizes the mathematitian, amd perhaps the philosopher as well. The only thing is the last line should say 'his massive sandal', not 'her'.

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Judith Frost 02 September 2016

The last line refers to Beauty herself, it's her massive sandal foot we hear, not Euclid's, so the female pronoun seems correct. (Though I'm not sure there was a Greek goddess specifically for beauty - was there?)

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland / Maine / United States
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