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