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I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I know I am but summer to your heart,
And not the full four seasons of the year;
And you must welcome from another part
Such noble moods as are not mine, my dear.
No gracious weight of golden fruits to sell
Have I, nor any wise and wintry thing;
And I have loved you all too long and well
To carry still the high sweet breast of Spring.
Wherefore I say: O love, as summer goes,
I must be gone, steal forth with silent drums,
That you may hail anew the bird and rose
When I come back to you, as summer comes.
Else will you seek, at some not distant time,
Even your summer in another clime.


Comments about I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Rookie - 63 Points Colleen Courtney (5/17/2014 9:39:00 AM)

    I find this poem kind of sad. It sounds to me as if she's a part time love but accepts that little bit of time the man gives her while the rest of the time he spends with whoever he wishes. The subject seems weak to me in this piece. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Sharon Cooke (8/2/2016 10:23:00 PM)

    Read her bios. She was a supreme player of men and the heartbreaker in relationships. She lets the man think that he is in charge and she is accepting of crumbs but in truth she is guaranteeing her own freedom!

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  • Rookie Gina Mannella (7/20/2009 5:09:00 PM)

    I've not read this one before. It is sublime. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Summer

  1. 1. Summer Sun , Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. 2. Before Summer Rain , Rainer Maria Rilke
  3. 3. Summer In The South , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  4. 4. Summer , Alexander Pope
  5. 5. Written On A Summer Evening , John Keats
  6. 6. In The Summer , Nizar Qabbani
  7. 7. The Summer Rain , Henry David Thoreau
  8. 8. Summer , John Clare
  9. 9. A Summer Afternoon , James Whitcomb Riley
  10. 10. Indian Summer , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. A Summer Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  12. 12. Bed In Summer , Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. 13. To Summer , William Blake
  14. 14. I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  15. 15. Exhortation: Summer 1919 , Claude McKay
  16. 16. Farm Boy After Summer , Robert Francis
  17. 17. Summer Shower , Emily Dickinson
  18. 18. Summer Stars , Carl Sandburg
  19. 19. Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night , William Ernest Henley
  20. 20. A Summer Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, G.. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  21. 21. A Night-Rain In Summer , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  22. 22. Seasonal Cycle - Chapter 01 - Summer , Kalidasa
  23. 23. Skeletons Of Summer , Ernestine Northover
  24. 24. Portrait Number Five: Against A New York.. , Jack Gilbert
  25. 25. Tis The Last Rose Of Summer , Thomas Moore
  26. 26. I See The Boys Of Summer , Dylan Thomas
  27. 27. Rain In Summer , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  28. 28. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  29. 29. Summer Dawn , Spike Milligan
  30. 30. An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie , Vachel Lindsay
  31. 31. Indian Summer , Henry Van Dyke
  32. 32. Summer Holiday , Robinson Jeffers
  33. 33. Once Upon A Summer Day , Joseph T. Renaldi
  34. 34. Summer Morn In New Hampshire , Claude McKay
  35. 35. Summer Night, Riverside , Sara Teasdale
  36. 36. As Sleigh Bells Seem In Summer , Emily Dickinson
  37. 37. Indian Summer , Sara Teasdale
  38. 38. Summer In The Mountains , Li Po
  39. 39. Further In Summer Than The Birds , Emily Dickinson
  40. 40. It Can'T Be "Summer"! , Emily Dickinson
  41. 41. Visiting A Dead Man On A Summer Day , Marge Piercy
  42. 42. Early Summer Rain , Yosa Buson
  43. 43. Summer Evening , John Clare
  44. 44. Summer For Thee, Grant I May Be , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. Summer In The Country , Charles Simic
  46. 46. Summer Song , George Barker
  47. 47. Summer Images , John Clare
  48. 48. On The Idle Hill Of Summer , Alfred Edward Housman
  49. 49. In Spring And Summer Winds May Blow , Walter Savage Landor
  50. 50. Summer , Amy Lowell
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