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Renascence Analysis

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Chrysta Beck

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Edna St. Millay Renascence Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892-1950 Who is she? Born in Rockford, Maine
Had 3 sisters
"Renascence" was the first poem that she wrote that gained popularity; it was written while she was still in high school
Writing was lyrical; her younger works were considered the best
Graduated from college in 1917 and moved to Greenwich Village to join the artistic movement in New York City
Married Eugene Boissevain in 1923 and moved to upstate New York
Moved away from her lyrical style when fascism began to grow in Europe What did she achieve? Wrote both poems and sonnets
"Renascence" was the first poem that she wrote that gained popularity; it was written while she was still in high school
Published several compilations of her poems
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923
3rd woman to win the prize By: Chrysta Beck "Renascence" Poem Analysis Mood & Tone "Renascence" has a dark, but calm mood. As the speaker talks about her death, she is at peace with it; she doesn't talk about dying, but rather taking one last breath. The tone is read as being patient, soothing, and sad. Examples of Mood & Tone "And all at once things seemed so small; My breath came short, and scarce at all."
"I saw and heard, and knew at last; The How and Why of all things, past, and present, and forevermore."
"O, multi-colored, multiform, beloved beauty over me, that I shall never, never see; Again! Spring-silver, autumn-gold, that I shall never more behold! Millay's words are not foreboding or dark, they are moreover explaining the experience of death The poem has a sad quality to it, but the speaker seems relieved to have passed Structural Analysis Rhyme Scheme Structure Tetrameter Couplets a, a, b, b, c, c, ... Speech Uses a "natural English diction... some found this writing interesting, while others were discouraged by it. http://www.enotes.com/renascence-essays/renascence-edna-st-vincent-millay Seasons of Love The song "Seasons of Love" represents the importance of life and how short life really is. In the poem "Renascence," the speaker responds to parts of her life that she regrets and wishes that she had done differently. The speaker wanted to return to "right the wrongs." "Seasons of Love" sums up the idea that you need to live for the moment and don't hold back because your days are limited. Response from another reader According to a response in enotes.com, the reader of "Renascence" felt that the poem was more of an explanation of death from a child. I did not think of this while reading the poem, but after reading it again, I have a new understanding of the poem. Millay was still in high school when she wrote the poem, and maybe she was just trying to understand death and put all of her ideas down on paper. I personally feel that the poem is about a man or woman that has already experienced death and is now explaining it to others, but the other meaning written in enotes also makes sense to me. Dead Hearts Ok, I get it, this song is going to seem a little strange. I learned a little bit of a dance to this song a couple of years ago at a dance convention, and when I read "Renascence," I honestly thought of this song. The teacher for the class explained the song perfectly for us to "get a feel" for the song's story and meaning. I'm sure that I'm not explaining it the same way, but the song is pretty much summing up all of the people that you have interacted with and impacted in your life. Everyone's lives are interconnected to each other in some way. When "Renascence" talked about making mistakes in life and having regrets, I felt that this song embodied that idea. We all have regrets, and we all deal with them in some way. All in all, "Dead Hearts" is experimenting with the idea that you do have remorse about your past mistakes afteryou have passed away. "Dead Hearts" also has that peaceful, sad feeling to it that "Renascence" had as well. Dead Hearts Personification Infinity "presses" on and "whispered" to the speaker
The rain "speaks to me in my new home"
The rain shower will "laugh above the rain-soaked earth"
"The wind's whistling lash" Imagery "The creaking of a tented sky"
"and each round drop rolls, twinkling, from its grass-blade top" (talking about rain)
"So with my eyes I traced the line of the horizon, thin and fine." Why is "Renascence" the best poem? Good use of vocabulary
Interesting
It makes you want to keep on reading and hear what the speaker has to say
The poem is not overwhelming- It's peaceful and sad
Millay uses many personifications and a lot of imagery to make the poem more interesting
It can be related to many different themes, not just death This poem is super
relatable because... Everybody wants to have a life that means
something. This poem is relatable because
I believe that everyone can understand
what it feels like to want more from your
life. They do not want to leave the world believing that their life did not have any
meaning.
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