Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

The Courage That My Mother Had - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

The courage that my mother had
Went with her, and is with her still:
Rock from New England quarried;
Now granite in a granite hill.

The golden brooch my mother wore
She left behind for me to wear;
I have no thing I treasure more:
Yet, it is something I could spare.

Oh, if instead she'd left to me

The thing she took into the grave!—
That courage like a rock, which she
Has no more need of, and I have.

Topic(s) of this poem: courage


Comments about The Courage That My Mother Had by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • (5/20/2018 3:45:00 PM)

    My mother had this courage; and we are from New England. This is one of my favorite poems. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/13/2018 1:19:00 PM)

    what is a brouche (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 3, 2015



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