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The Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay (Modern Library Classics)

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One of America’s most celebrated poets—and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1923—Edna St. Vincent Millay defined a generation with her passionate lyrics and intoxicating voice of liberation. Edited by Millay biographer Nancy Milford, this Modern Library Paperback Classics collection captures the poet’s unique spirit in works like Renascence and Other Poems, A Few Figs from This-tles, and Second April, as well as in “The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver” and eight sonnets from the early twenties. As Milford writes in her Introduction, “These are the poems that made Edna St. Vincent Millay’s reputation when she was young. Saucy, insolent, flip, and defiant, her little verses sting the page.”

Synopsis:

Born in 1892, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay achieved a popular appeal that has rarely been equaled. She dazzled critics and the public with her startlingly original and sexually frank verses and became an archetype for the freethinking woman of the Jazz Age.

Edited by Millay biographer Nancy Milford, this original collection captures Edna Millay's daring passion and unique spirit. In selections from Renaissance, A Few Figs from These Thistles, and Second April, as well as the poem "The Ballad of the Harp Weaver, " for which Millay won the Pulitzer Prize in 1923, Millay's powerful and independent voice explores love, death, nature, and the human soul.

About the Author

Nancy Milford is the author of Savage Beauty (available from Random House Trade Paperbacks), an iconic portrait of the extraordinary private life of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Her previous book, Zelda, was a number one New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Biographical Note

Introduction by Nancy Milford

RENASCENCE AND OTHER POEMS

Renascence

Interim

The Suicide

Gods World

Afternoon on a Hill

Sorrow

Tavern

Ashes of Life

The Little Ghost

King to Sorrow

Three Songs of Shattering

I.The first rose on my rose-tree

II.Let the little birds sing

III.All the dog-wood blossoms are underneath the tree!

The Shroud

The Dream

Indifference

Witch-Wife

Blight

When the Year Grows Old

Sonnets

I.Thou art not lovelier than lilacs,--no

II.Time does not bring relief; you all have lied

III.Mindful of you the sodden earth in spring

IV.Not in this chamber only at my birth

V.If I should learn, in some quite casual way

VI.Bluebeard

A FEW FIGS FROM THISTLES

First Fig

Second Fig

Recuerdo

Thursday

To the Not Impossible Him

MacDougal Street

The Singing Woman from the Woods Edge

She Is Overheard Singing

The Prisoner

The Unexplorer

Grown-up

The Penitent

Daphne

Portrait by a Neighbor

Midnight Oil

The Merry Maid

To Kathleen

To S.M.

The Philosopher

Sonnets

I.Love, though for this you riddle me with darts

II.I think I should have loved you presently

III.Oh, think not I am faithful to a vow!

IV.I shall forget you presently, my dear

SECOND APRIL

Spring

City Trees

The Blue-Flag in the Bog

Journey

Eel-Grass

Elegy Before Death

The Bean-Stalk

Weeds

Passer Mortuus Est

Pastoral

Assault

Travel

Low-Tide

Song of a Second April

Rosemary

The Poet and his Book

Alms

Inland

To a Poet that Died Young

Wraith

Ebb

Elaine

Burial

Mariposa

The Little Hill

Doubt No More that Oberon

Lament

Exiled

The Death of Autumn

Ode to Silence

Memorial to D.C.

Epitaph

Prayer to Persephone

Chorus

Elegy

Dirge

Sonnets

I.We talk of taxes, and I call you friend

II.Into the golden vessel of great song

III.Not with libations, but with shouts and laughter

IV.Only until this cigarette is ended

V.Once more into my arid days like dew

VI.No rose that in a garden ever grew

VII.When I too long have looked upon your face

VIII.And you as well must die, beloved dust

IX.Let you not say of me, when I am old

X.Oh, my beloved, have you thought of this

XI.As to some lovely temple, tenantless

XII.Cherish you then the hope I shall forget

Wild Swans

SONNETS AND THE BALLAD OF THE HARP-WEAVER

Sonnets

When you, that at this moment are to me

I know I am but summer to your heart

Oh, oh, you will be sorry for that word!

Here is a wound that never will heal, I know

Say what you will, and scratch my heart to find

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why

Euclid along has looked on Beauty bare

The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver

Indices

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375761232
Editor:
Milford, Nancy
Introduction:
Milford, Nancy
Author:
Millay, Edna St. Vincent
Author:
Edited and with an Introduction by Nancy Milford
Author:
Milford, Nancy
Publisher:
Modern Library
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
poetry;literature
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.02x5.22x.44 in. .32 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Born in 1892, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay achieved a popular appeal that has rarely been equaled. She dazzled critics and the public with her startlingly original and sexually frank verses and became an archetype for the freethinking woman of the Jazz Age.

Edited by Millay biographer Nancy Milford, this original collection captures Edna Millay's daring passion and unique spirit. In selections from Renaissance, A Few Figs from These Thistles, and Second April, as well as the poem "The Ballad of the Harp Weaver, " for which Millay won the Pulitzer Prize in 1923, Millay's powerful and independent voice explores love, death, nature, and the human soul.

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