What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, And Where, And Why (Sonnet Xliii) Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, And Where, And Why (Sonnet Xliii)

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What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.
Thus in winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Ebony Nelson 03 August 2005

i don't get it wat is the point of this poem supposely no affence

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Kathleen Burns 27 November 2013

This is a poem I myself remember when I look back on my lovers

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Digby Martin 05 August 2007

Beautiful, with a wonderful choice of words.

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Colleen Courtney 17 May 2014

One of my absolute favorites as it recalls to mind my own many lovers of my past. A poem only a woman could write so perfectly and be so greatly understood by women everywhere. Truly one of the poets fines writes!

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Rajesh Majumdar 14 September 2014

The line Thus in winter..... seems to be a syllable short (9) . It doesn't seem to affect the reading and I cannot indestand why. All the other lines have 10 syllables.

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Nabakishore Dash 02 September 2021

Beautifully worded love song.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 30 August 2021

Congratulations being chosen as The Classic Poem Of The Day

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Sylvia Frances Chan 30 August 2021

Very heart touching poem by the great North American Poetess. Powerfully worded poem

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Sylvia Frances Chan 29 August 2021

I only know that summer sang in me A little while, that in me sings no more.A very sad ending lines. Very sad and this shouting Sonnet touches my heart.5 Stars for the great Poetess!

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Chinedu Dike 29 August 2021

Beautiful work of art, very heartfelt with strong emotions. It touched my heart......

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland / Maine / United States
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