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Edna St. Vincent Millay

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JJ Machado

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Transcript of Edna St. Vincent Millay

What Type Of Writing ?
Edna St. Vincent Millay's "I Think I Should Have Loved You Presently"
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Analyzing One of Her Works
"I Think I Should Have Loved You Presently"

Summary: Edna regrets not showing true emotion in a relationship she had with a lover. Her true emotion was absent, and she did not take it very seriously. She wishes that she wouldn't have taken the relationship for granted.

She wishes she would have joked less and been more serious and intimate.

"I think I should have loved you presently,
And given in earnest words I flung in jest;" (Millay 634)

She regrets holding her feelings and thoughts in and not expressing them.

"Naked of reticence and shorn of pride,
Spread like a chart my little wicked ways." (Millay 634)
Other Writings
Apostrophe to Man (Poem)

[I Being Born a Woman] (Poem)

*Recuerdo (Poem)

Aria De Capo (Play)

The Ballad of The Harp Weaver (The Harp Weaver) (Poem)
By Jessica Machado, Kaylee Story, Toby Becker, and Alyssa Carhart
Her Legacy
Why She Began Writing
Other Things She is Famous For
Edna's mother, Cora Millay, was interested in reading, writing, and music.

Cora Millay divorced Edna's father, and worked as a nurse to support her family.

Her mother was very headstrong and independent.

Cora Millay wanted her three daughters to participate in these activities.

Edna found interest in writing after her mother influenced her to do it.
Edna St. Vincent Millay also wrote Plays. Some of the most famous Plays she wrote were
Aria Da Capo
The Lamp and the Bell.

She also used the pseudonym "Nancy Boyd" in some of the poems she published.

Edna St. Vincent Millay was also a, lyricist, lecturer, translator.

Millay was also a feminist, this can be seen in her later poetry.
She was an American writer who was born in Rockland, Maine on February 22nd, 1892.

She died of a heart attack on October 19th, 1950. She was 58 years old.

She began publishing work at the age 15.


Political Speeches
We read Edna St. Vincent Millay's poems in English classes today.

Her views on feminism affect the views of modern day feminists.

She inspires people today to write as well.
""America's Sweetheart". Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mary Pickford, and Plummy Vowels". Stanford University. Cynthia Haven. The Book Haven. Stanford University. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <http://bookhaven.stanford.edu/2013/02/americas-sweetheart-edna-st-vincent-millay-mary-pickford-and-plummy-vowels/>. (FOR IMAGE)

"Edna St. Vincent Millay." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Literature Resource Center. Web. 25 Mar. 2015.

"Edna St. Vincent Millay".
Poetry Foundation
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Poems & Poets
. The Poetry Foundation. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/edna-st-vincent-millay>. (FOR IMAGE)

Hart, Paula L. "Edna St. Vincent Millay." American Poets, 1880-1945: First Series. Ed. Peter Quartermain. Detroit: Gale, 1986. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 45. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Mar. 2015.

"I think I should have loved you presently (Sonnet IX)".
Poets.org. 23. Mar. 2015. <http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/i-think-i-should-have-loved-you-presently-sonnet-ix>. (FOR IMAGE)

W. W. Norton & Company. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Indiana: The Westchester Book Group. 2012. Print.
"Edna St. Vincent Millay." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Literature Resource Center. Web. 25 Mar. 2015.

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*Recuerdo: Remembrance, souvenir
She has inspired writers for years.

She has been studied in schools around the world.
Works Cited
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