Who is Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was an American poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her feminist activism. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work. The poet Richard Wilbur asserted, "She wrote some of the best sonnets of the century."

Contents Early life Millay was born in Rockland, Maine, to Cora Lounella Buzelle, a nurse, and Henry Tolman Millay, a schoolteacher who would later become a superintendent of schools. Her middle name derives from St. Vincent's Hospital in New York, where h...
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Edna St. Vincent Millay Poems

  • Songs Of Shattering I
    The first rose on my rose-tree
    Budded, bloomed, and shattered,
    During sad days when to me
    Nothing mattered. ...
  • Sonnets V
    Once more into my arid days like dew,
    Like wind from an oasis, or the sound
    Of cold sweet water bubbling underground,
    A treacherous messenger, the thought of you ...
  • Sonnets Xi
    As to some lovely temple, tenantless
    Long since, that once was sweet with shivering brass,
    Knowing well its altars ruined and the grass
    Grown up between the stones, yet from excess ...
  • Sonnets Viii
    And you as well must die, beloved dust,
    And all your beauty stand you in no stead;
    This flawless, vital hand, this perfect head,
    This body of flame and steel, before the gust ...
  • Songs Of Shattering Iii
    All the dog-wood blossoms are underneath the tree!
    Ere spring was going--ah, spring is gone!
    And there comes no summer to the like of you and me,--
    Blossom time is early, but no fruit sets on. ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I Love You 70 Love 70 Never 46 Long 45 Sweet 43 Death 36 Night 35 Face 34 Heart 34 Wind 31


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  • Aapublishingllc: “i will be the gladdest thing under the sun! i will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one. i will look at cliffs and clouds with quiet eyes…” – edna st. vincent millay – the editors
  • Nedel412: 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! edna st. vincent millay
  • Stevenh91747195: beauty is whatever gives joy. - edna st. vincent millay
  • Newmanej: edna st vincent millay. a genius. a truth-teller. a soul-seeker. a lover. a poet. and a wonder.
  • Mikana_yoya: what lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why, i have forgotten, and what arms have lain under my head till morning; but the rain is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh upon the glass and listen for reply, and in my heart there stirs a quiet pain edna st. vincent millay
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