Synopses & Reviews
From the bohemian outpost of Greenwich Village during the Jazz Age, Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) sounded a clarion call for the impassioned youth of her generation. Her rare mixture of clever cynicism and wistful tenderness captivated readers, who reveled in the jubilant defiance of such poems as the title piece of this collection, "First Fig": "My candle burns at both ends;/It will not last the night;/But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends — /it gives a lovely light!"
Their brilliance undimmed by the passage of time, these gemlike verses continue to dazzle poetry lovers. This new anthology represents the quintessential Edna St. Vincent Millay, comprising 67 poems from two of her most popular works, A Few Figs from Thistles and Second April. Its contents include such well-known and much-studied poems as "Recuerdo" and "The Philosopher," along with an abundance of sonnets, a genre in which the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet excelled.
The perfect introduction for those as yet unacquainted with one of the most distinctive voices of 20th-century poetry, this volume also offers a high-quality, inexpensive treasury of favorite Millay works for devotees of her verse.
Clever, cynical, and yet wistful, Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) gave voice to the impassioned youth of her era with poems such as "First Fig": "My candle burns at both ends; /It will not last the night; /But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -- /It gives a lovely light!" This anthology of the Pulitzer Prize-winner's work includes all 68 poems from A Few Figs from Thistles and Second April, including such well-known and much-studied poems as "Recuerdo" and "The Philosopher".
With the publication of Second April in 1921 and A Few Figs from Thistles in the following year, Edna St. Vincent Millay gave voice to the impassioned youth of her era. This excellent anthology comprises both works in their entirety, including such well-known and much-studied poems as "First Fig," "Recuerdo," and "The Philosopher."
Excellent anthology comprises Second April
(1921) and A Few Figs from Thistles
(1922), featuring such well-known poems as "First Fig," "Recuerdo," "The Philosopher," more.
About the Author
Edna St. Vincent Millay found her voice in a national poetry contest at the age of 20. In 1912, she won a prize for Renascence, just the first of many poems to win critical acclaim. The most famous poet of the Jazz Age, her passionate lyrics center on themes of spiritual awakening, love and personal freedom. In 1923, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her fourth volume of poems, The Harp Weaver.
Table of Contents
Poems from a Few Figs from Thistles
To the Not Impossible Him
The Singing-Woman from the Wood's Edge
She Is Overheard Singing
Portrait by a Neighbor
The Merry Maid
To S. M.
Poems from Second April
The Blue-Flag in the Bog
Elegy Before Death
Passer Mortuus Est
Song of a Second April
The Poet and His Book
To a Poet That Died Young
The Little Hill
Doubt No More That Oberon
The Death of Autumn
Ode to Silence
MEMORIAL TO D.C.
Prayer to Persephone
Index of First Lines