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American Poets Project #1: Edna St. Vincent Millay Selected Poems

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Praised by poets and critics ranging from A. E. Housman and Thomas Hardy to Edmund Wilson, Edna St. Vincent Millay's bold, exquisite poems take their place among the enduring verse of the twentieth century. Claiming a lyric tradition stretching back to Sappho and Catullus and making it very much her own, Millay won over her contemporaries — and readers ever since — with her passion, erotic candor, formal elegance, and often mischievous wit.

J. D. McClatchy's introduction and selection offer new and surprising insights into Millay's achievement. Included are her most beloved and justly admired poems, such as the wry bohemian anthem "Recuerdo" and the sonnet sequence Fatal Interview, the poetic record of a love affair that is presented in its entirety. McClatchy has also chosen works that extend our sense of Millay's range: translations, her play Aria da Capo, and excepts from her libretto The King's Henchman. "I have for the most part been guided by my taste for Millay at her tautest and truest," writes McClatchy. "There are precise and resonant images everywhere."

Review:

"There are some who delight and inform. It's so much better, you see, for me, when a writer like Edna St. Vincent Millay speaks so deeply about her concern for herself, and does not offer us any altruisms. Then when I look through her eyes at how she sees a black or an Asian my heart is lightened." Maya Angelou

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"She wrote some of the best sonnets of the century." Richard Eberhart

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"I know that Millay is a good poet because there are so many of her lines in my memory. She belonged to a generation which thought of poetry as song; when that notion revives, as it will, the great appeal of her work will be felt again." Richard Wilbur

Review:

"One of the only poets writing in English in our time who have attained anything like the stature of great literary figures." Edmund Wilson

Synopsis:

A lively selection by J. D. McClatchy, the distinguished poet, critic, and editor, casts Millay's career in a new light. Here are familiar favorites alongside neglected gems: translations, a verse play, songs from her opera libretto The King's Henchman, and the complete sonnet sequence Fatal Interview.

About the Author

J. D. McClatchy, editor, has written several books of poems and essays. He is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and since 1991 has edited The Yale Review. He also edited The Library of America's Poems and Other Writings by Longfellow (2000).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931082358
Editor:
McClatchy, J. D.
Author:
Millay, Edna St Vincent
Editor:
McClatchy, J. D.
Author:
Millay, Edna St. Vincent
Author:
McClatchy, J. D.
Publisher:
Library of America
Location:
New York
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
American Poets Project
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
231
Dimensions:
7.80x4.74x.74 in. .69 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 231 pages Library of America - English 9781931082358 Reviews:
"Review" by , "There are some who delight and inform. It's so much better, you see, for me, when a writer like Edna St. Vincent Millay speaks so deeply about her concern for herself, and does not offer us any altruisms. Then when I look through her eyes at how she sees a black or an Asian my heart is lightened."
"Review" by , "She wrote some of the best sonnets of the century."
"Review" by , "I know that Millay is a good poet because there are so many of her lines in my memory. She belonged to a generation which thought of poetry as song; when that notion revives, as it will, the great appeal of her work will be felt again."
"Review" by , "One of the only poets writing in English in our time who have attained anything like the stature of great literary figures."
"Synopsis" by , A lively selection by J. D. McClatchy, the distinguished poet, critic, and editor, casts Millay's career in a new light. Here are familiar favorites alongside neglected gems: translations, a verse play, songs from her opera libretto The King's Henchman, and the complete sonnet sequence Fatal Interview.
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