Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

First Fig - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light.


Comments about First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • (6/15/2019 2:21:00 AM)

    My take on this blindingly unforgettable poem that I've remembered and found inspiring in moments of personal uncertainty - for some strange reason, is...I don't care what people say or think of me for the way I live my life, I intend to live it to the full, regardless of the consequences, and by accounts...she did just that! . So fair play to her. Check out the beautiful Recuerdo. Peace Up. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/7/2019 5:21:00 PM)

    her bisexuality (Report)Reply

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  • (6/14/2018 9:52:00 AM)

    Is First Fig about death or toil? (Report)Reply

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  • (2/10/2018 9:49:00 AM)

    This is beautiful.😇😇 (Report)Reply

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  • (2/10/2018 9:49:00 AM)

    This is beautiful.😇😇 (Report)Reply

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  • (2/10/2018 9:49:00 AM)

    This is beautiful.😇😇 (Report)Reply

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  • (1/2/2018 5:02:00 PM)

    It is beautiful as a Iadybug (Report)Reply

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  • (12/25/2017 3:38:00 PM)

    There is a rhyme
    Not to wine
    Will you cach the cat
    Or win the hat
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  • (12/25/2017 3:33:00 PM)

    The sun
    Shines bright
    But do you
    Do you believe
    The sight
    OH I'M JUST SIEENG A EYCACHING RYME
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  • (12/7/2017 4:44:00 AM)

    ah yes! the joy of entropy! (Report)Reply

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  • Larry Schreckengost (11/21/2017 9:28:00 PM)

    Small flames to make the world remember her name (Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (4/3/2016 6:07:00 AM)

    interesting metaphor of a candle that burns at both ends.. it doesn't last for long, but this way it's twice as brightly than a normal one.. (Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (4/3/2016 6:07:00 AM)

    in ITALIAN:

    Primo Fico

    La mia candela brucia da entrambi i lati;
    Non durerà oltre la notte;
    Ma vi dirò, miei nemici, e anche a voi, amici miei—
    Dona una bella luce.
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  • (5/17/2014 9:06:00 AM)

    Ah! Her most famous and remembered poem! Have always loved reciting this little gem! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, August 8, 2015


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