Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

The Spring And The Fall - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

In the spring of the year, in the spring of the year,
I walked the road beside my dear.
The trees were black where the bark was wet.
I see them yet, in the spring of the year.
He broke me a bough of the blossoming peach
That was out of the way and hard to reach.

In the fall of the year, in the fall of the year,
I walked the road beside my dear.
The rooks went up with a raucous trill.
I hear them still, in the fall of the year.
He laughed at all I dared to praise,
And broke my heart, in little ways.

Year be springing or year be falling,
The bark will drip and the birds be calling.
There's much that's fine to see and hear
In the spring of a year, in the fall of a year.
'Tis not love's going hurt my days.
But that it went in little ways.


Comments about The Spring And The Fall by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/10/2020 10:18:00 PM)

    Year be springing or year be falling,
    The bark will drip and the birds be calling.
    There's much that's fine to see and hear........//// beautiful poem penned; excellent expression on the spring coming and going; the nature comes to us to make happy and again it goes far away but not giving the sorrow though we feel sometimes it; very impressive poem
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/10/2020 12:55:00 PM)

    Muse of Spring! !
    Muse of lovers!
    Heartbreak! !
    After the fall.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (2/10/2020 11:46:00 AM)

    Sad and touching! Tugs at the heart. (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/10/2020 10:43:00 AM)

    There's much that's fine to see and hear
    In the spring of a year, in the fall of a year.
    'Tis not love's going hurt my days.
    But that it went in little ways. The spring and love. tony
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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (2/10/2020 9:40:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful poem on the changing seasons. Loved its flow and rhyming. Like to read again and again. (Report)Reply

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  • Jez BurlJez Burl (2/10/2020 9:21:00 AM)

    Very captivating piece. I like the repetition of the seasons on the 1st line of 1st and 2nd stanzas...sounds like music. (Report)Reply

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  • Dolston Morian (2/10/2020 8:05:00 AM)

    Its so decorated with emotions and clothed memories. (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (2/10/2020 2:45:00 AM)

    Another lover of Nature unhurt by sarcasm from anyone ever sure! Nice Nature poem to read! (Report)Reply

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  • Rohith 10 (1/22/2019 9:06:00 AM)

    It is a best poem for the topic spring (Report)Reply

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  • Hello (10/18/2018 11:21:00 AM)

    It is good good good good good good good good good good (Report)Reply

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  • quaniyah (3/26/2018 7:29:00 AM)

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  • Pietro 6 (1/25/2016 9:00:00 PM)

    As beautiful, as sad.......... (Report)Reply

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  • Colleen Courtney (5/17/2014 3:20:00 PM)

    Love this poem by the poet. Makes me wish there were summer/winter version also! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Matt Johnston (4/19/2008 3:59:00 PM)

    This is both subtle and easy to understand. Millay was a genius. (Report)Reply

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  • Brian Robbins (1/27/2008 11:08:00 PM)

    So easy to break a heart simply by being thoughtless. The pain comes through clearly in this poem. (Report)Reply

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  • May Heron (11/8/2007 5:27:00 PM)

    He laughed at all I dared to praise,
    And broke my heart, in little ways
    Strange how the small slights can cut the most.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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