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Early Poems (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

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Weaving intellect, emotion and irony into unexpected combinations, Edna St. Vincent Millay gave voice through her poetry to her post-World War I generation's claim to personal freedom — and earned a reputation as a sexually liberated free-thinker who followed her own moral code. Known for her progressive convictions about women's rights and social equality, as well as her free-spirited Bohemian lifestyle, Millay surrounded herself in the 1920s with other artists and writers in Greenwich Village, including Eugene O'Neill, Floyd Dell, Djuna Barnes and Edmund Wilson. Her finely crafted poetry found its form mainly in traditional rhyming sonnets and lyric pieces, but her message declared her independence from convention, as in the often-quoted 1918 quatrain: <P>My candle burn's at both ends; <P>It will not last the night; <P>But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends --<P>It gives a lovely light!"<P>This edition comprises Millay's first three books, Renascence, Second April, and A Few Figs as well as a biographical and critical Introduction, and indexes both by title and by first line.

Synopsis:

Millay's first three books of lyrics and sonnets are collected here: Renascence, Second April, and A Few Figs from Thistles. With a balanced and appreciative introduction and useful annotations, this volume presents some of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's best work in which she weaves intellect, emotion, and irony.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [xlix]-lvii) and indexes.

Table of Contents

Early Poems Acknowledgments

Introduction by Holly Peppe

Suggestions for Further Reading

A Note on the Text

Renascence and Other Poems

Renascence

Interim

The Suicide

God's World

Afternoon on a Hill

Sorrow

Tavern

Ashes of Life

The Little Ghost

Kin to Sorrow

Three Songs of Shattering

The Shroud

The Dream

Indifference

Witch-Wife

Blight

When the Year Grows Old

Thou are not lovelier than lilacs, - no

Time does not bring relief; you all have lied

Mindful of you the sodden earth in spring

Not in this chamber only at my birth

If I should learn, in some quite casual way

Bluebeard

A Few Figs from Thistles

First Fig

Second Fig

Recuerdo

Thursday

To the Not Impossible Him

Macdougal Street

The Singing-Woman from the Wood's Edge

She Is Overheard Singing

The Prisoner

The Unexplorer

Grown-up

The Penitent

Daphne

Portrait by a Neighbour

Midnight Oil

The Merry Maid

To Kathleen

To S. M.

The Philosopher

I do but ask that you be always fair

Love, though for this you riddle me with darts

I think I should have loved you presently

Oh, think not I am faithful to a vow

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.

Wild Swans

We talk of taxes, and I call you friend

Into the golden vessel of great song

Not with libations, but with shouts and laughter

Only until this cigarette is ended

Once more into my arid days like dew

No rose that in a garden ever grew

When I too long have looked upon your face

And you as well must die, beloved dust

Let you not say of me when I am old

Oh, my beloved, have you thought of this

As to some lovely temple, tenantless

Cherish you then the hope I shall forget

Explanatory Notes

Index of Titles and First Lines

Product Details

ISBN:
9780141180540
Editor:
Peppe, Holly
Other:
Peppe, Holly
Editor:
Peppe, Holly
Author:
Millay, Edna St. Vincent
Author:
Peppe, Holly
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Poetry, American
Subject:
Poetry, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
Publication Date:
19981231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.74x5.05x.49 in. .36 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Millay's first three books of lyrics and sonnets are collected here: Renascence, Second April, and A Few Figs from Thistles. With a balanced and appreciative introduction and useful annotations, this volume presents some of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's best work in which she weaves intellect, emotion, and irony.

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