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By Edna St. Vincent Millay

One in all America's such a lot loved poets, Edna St. Vincent Millay burst onto the literary scene at a really younger age and received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923. Her passionate lyrics and beautifully crafted sonnets have extremely joyful generations of readers lengthy after the notoriously bohemian way of life she led in Greenwich Village within the Nineteen Twenties ceased to surprise them. Millay's fresh frankness and cynicism and her ardent urge for food for all times nonetheless burn brightly at the web page greater than part a century after her death.

This quantity comprises the early poems that many think about her best-- "Renascence" and "The Ballad of the Harp Weaver" between them--as good as such often-memorized favorites as "What lips my lips have kissed" and "First Fig" ("My candle burns at either ends . . ."). The poet's most renowned verse drama, the one-act antiwar myth Aria da Capo, is incorporated the following besides.

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God pity me! Am I long past mad That I should still spit upon a rosary? Am I develop into so shrunken? might to God I too may well believe that frenzied religion whose contact Makes temporal the main enduring grief; even though it needs to stroll some time, as is its wont, With wild lamenting! might I too may possibly weep the place weeps the area and hangs its piteous wreaths For its new useless! no longer fact, yet religion, it truly is That retains the area alive. If suddenly religion have been to slacken, – that subconscious religion Which needs to, i do know, but be the corner-stone Of all believing, – birds now flying fearless throughout could drop in terror to the earth; Fishes may drown; and the all-governing reins could tangle within the frantic fingers of God And the worlds gallop headlong to destruction! O God, I see it now, and my ill mind Staggers and swoons! How frequently over me Flashes this breathlessness of surprising sight within which I see the universe unrolled sooner than me like a scroll and skim thereon Chaos and Doom, the place helpless planets whirl Dizzily around and around and around and around, Like tops throughout a desk, amassing pace With each spin, to waver at the facet One rapid – having a look over – and the following To shudder and lurch ahead out of sight! Ah, i'm tired – i'm wearied out – it really is an excessive amount of – i'm yet flesh and blood, and that i needs to sleep. notwithstanding you have been lifeless back, i'm yet flesh and blood and that i needs to sleep. THE SUICIDE “Curse thee, lifestyles, i'll stay with thee not more! Thou hast mocked me, starved me, beat my physique sore! And concerned about a pledge that used to be no longer pledged by way of me, i've got kissed thy crust and eaten sparingly That i'd devour back, and met thy sneers With deprecations, and thy blows with tears, – Aye, from thy glutted lash, completely happy, crawled away, as though spent ardour have been a vacation! And now i am going. Nor probability, nor effortless vow Of tardy kindness can avail thee now With me, whence worry and religion alike are flown; Lonely I got here, and that i go away by myself, And recognize no longer the place nor unto whom i'm going; yet that thou canst now not keep on with me i do know. ” therefore I to existence, and ceased; yet via my mind My idea ran nonetheless, until eventually I spake back: “Ah, yet i am going no longer as I got here, – no hint Is mine to undergo away of that outdated grace I introduced! i've been heated in thy fires, Bent by way of thy arms, shaped to thy wishes, Thy mark is on me! i'm really not an identical Nor ever extra will probably be, as while I got here. Ashes am I of all that when I appeared. In me all’s sunk that leapt, and all that dreamed Is unsleeping for alarm, – oh, disgrace to thee, For the ailing swap that thou hast wrought in me, Who snicker not more nor raise my throat to sing! Ah, existence, i might were a delightful factor To have concerning the condominium while i used to be grown If thou hadst left my little joys by myself! I requested of thee no want store this one: That thou wouldst depart me enjoying within the solar! And this thou didst deny, calling my identify Insistently, until eventually I rose and got here. I observed the solar not more. – It weren't good see you later on those disagreeable ideas to stay, desire I come up to-morrow and renew back my hated initiatives, yet i'm via With all issues store my recommendations and this one evening, in order that truthfully I look already particularly unfastened and distant from thee, – i believe no haste And no reluctance to go away; I style simply, with considerate mien, an unknown draught, that during a short while I shall have quaffed.

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