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Edna St. Vincent Millay

An american poet's legacy

Rachel Joseph

on 10 May 2010

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Transcript of Edna St. Vincent Millay

St. Vincent
Millay Born Feburary 22, 1892 Is Bisexual Had many male and female lovers One affair resulted in an abortion. Wynne Matthison was
one of her female lovers,
an actress, and they wrote
letters back and forth Married Eugen Boissevain Had no kids First woman to win
a Pulitzer Prize in 1922
for "The Harp Weaver" Mariposa

Butterflies are white and blue
In this field we wander through.
Suffer me to take your hand.
Death comes in a day or two

All the things we ever knew
Will be ashes in that hour:
Mark the transient butterfly,
How he hangs upon the flower.

Suffer me to take your hand.
Suffer me to cherish you,
Till the Dawn is in the sky.
Whether I be false or true,
Death comes in a day or two. Ebb

I know what my heart is like
Since your love died:
It is like a hollow ledge
Holding a little pool
Left there by the tide,
A little tepid pool,
Drying inward from the edge Received a scholarship to
Vassar University given by
the YWCA. Passer Mortuss Est

Death devours all living things: Lesbia with her sparrow
Shares the darkness, -presently
Every bed is narrow

Unremembered as old rain
Dries the sheer libation
And the petulant hand
Is an annotation.

After all, my erstwhile dear,
My no longer cherished,
Need we say it was not love, Just because it perished? A


H Died from falling down
stairs because of heart
failure. October 19th, 1950 1928 went to Paris to
meet lover, poet George Dillon, who was 22. Inspired "Fatal Interview" 1931.
A sequence of 52 sonnets which had 50,000 copies sold within months. Arrested in Boston during
protest against anarchists Sacco
and Vanzetti's death sentence Had drug addiction and
drinking problems. 1944, had breakdown Learned to write poetry at age 5 from her mother.
Born in Rockland, Maine. Thought she was losing
sexual energy, beauty, and
that her poems were
worthless Lived on a farm named
Steepletop in the Berkshires
near Austerlitz, New York "Oh, you mean I'm homosexual!
Of course I am, and heterosexual too, but what's that got to do with my headache?" She is buried in Steepletop Cemetery in Austerlitz, Columbia Country, New York.
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