Love Is Not All Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Love Is Not All

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Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution's power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.

* Sunprincess * 06 June 2014

.......I truly believe love is God and love can do all us with food and drink.....a roof against the rain....a floating spar for the men who rise and sink, rise and sink....even repair our broken bones and give us the air we breathe....and yes truly life is not worth living without God (love)

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Maya Hanson 14 February 2014

this is so amazing! ! ! ! ! ! I love it

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John Richter 21 October 2014

Is this in Villanelle form? Lovely in any form. I just discovered Edna. I think she may soon become a favorite.

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Michael Walker 17 February 2015

A sincere and honest poem.

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Colleen Courtney 17 May 2014

Matthew's comments sum up this poem so perfectly! Needless for me to add more!

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Dr Dillip K Swain 30 August 2021

A unique composition! Loved the way things have been expressed!

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cooke sharon 10 April 2019

Bentley you are a troglodyte

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bentley 03 September 2018

This trash, i dont understand how people like this.

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Michael Brainy 07 July 2018

Great poem, loved so much

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Nandita Menon 07 December 2017

I am quite capable of reading them without a bad reading.

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland / Maine / United States
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