When I Too Long Have Looked Upon Your Face Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

When I Too Long Have Looked Upon Your Face

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When I too long have looked upon your face,
Wherein for me a brightness unobscured
Save by the mists of brightness has its place,
And terrible beauty not to be endured,
I turn away reluctant from your light,
And stand irresolute, a mind undone,
A silly, dazzled thing deprived of sight
From having looked too long upon the sun.
Then is my daily life a narrow room
In which a little while, uncertainly,
Surrounded by impenetrable gloom,
Among familiar things grown strange to me
Making my way, I pause, and feel, and hark,
Till I become accustomed to the dark.

Colleen Courtney 17 May 2014

Amazes me how well Millay can put into words all the ways love muddles the heart and the mind. Truly a great poet!

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Nabakishore Dash 02 September 2021

Lovely poem, beautifully crafted.

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Nicholas 09 December 2020

Touched divine, and in doing so everything else feels drab.

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Charles 13 August 2020

Yes, because he will be so old that his mind is slipping away.

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Gilberto 04 August 2019

The last few lines point to a declining mind, it seems to me, after days of brightness and light.

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Elizabeth Padillo Olesen 28 October 2015

Passionate and elegant, dear Edna. Thanks for sharing.

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland / Maine / United States
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