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Epstein, Daniel Mark. What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: The Loves and Love Poems of Edna St Vincent Millay. New York: Holt, 2001.

Vincent Millay." American Poets, 1880-1945: First Series.

Edna St. Vincent Millay - sonnets

Milford, Nancy. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St Vincent Millay. New York: Random House, 2001.
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.

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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!
Millay, Edna, St. Vincent (22 Feb. 1892-19 Oct. 1950), poet, was born in the small townof Rockland, Maine, the daughter of Henry Tollman Millay, a schoolteacher, and CoraBuzzelle. In 1900 Cora Millay divorced her husband for financial irresponsibility and soonthereafter moved to Camden, Maine, with Edna and her sisters. The hardworking mothersupported them by nursing--often overnight--and encouraged her daughters to love readingand music and to be independent. Millay attended public high school, where she wrote forand served as editor in chief of the school magazine (1905-1909). She also publishedseveral juvenile pieces in the (1906-1910). Her first greatpoem, "Renascence," was published in an anthology called in 1912. When a Young Women's Christian Association education officer heard Millay readthis poem, she helped obtain a scholarship for the talented girl to attend Vassar College.


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Aug 09, 2011 · Posts about Edna St. Vincent Millay written by mgiac3090
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)
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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.
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A poetic analysis of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sonnet “What lips my lips have kissed.”
“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.” ―Edna St. Vincent Millay

Sonnet, by Edna St. Vincent Millay | Poetic Anthropology

Cucinella, Catherine. Poetics of the Body: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Bishop, Marilyn Chin, and Marilyn Hacker. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. DOI:

Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Love is Not All” – asia lenae

wrote: “Like everybody else was then, I was following in the footsteps of Edna St. Vincent Millay, unhappily in my own horrible sneakers . . . We were all being dashing and gallant, declaring that we weren’t virgins, whether we were or not. Beautiful as she was, Miss Millay did a great deal of harm with her double-burning candles. She made poetry seem so easy that we could all do it. But, of course, we couldn’t.”

The poet as person | Edna St. Vincent Millay

Given her psychological makeup, Millay had found the ideal husband in Boissevain. Heattended to all the household chores, traveled widely with his "Vincent"--oftento Florida, the Riviera, and Spain--and cooperated with her intellectual and linguisticinterests. He catered to her whims and even condoned her having an occasional lover. One,George Dillon, who was fourteen years her junior and whom she met in 1928 while giving areading at the University of Chicago, inspired (1931), a 52-sonnetsequence. In one sonnet she snarls: "Love me no more, now let the god depart, / Iflove be grown so bitter to your tongue!" Nonetheless, Dillon and Millay collaboratedlater on translations from Charles Baudelaire's (1936). Stilllater, in a sonnet in (1939), she says, "As God's myjudge, I do cry holy, holy, / Upon the name of love however brief." Beginning in1933, Millay and her husband enjoyed summer retreats on tiny Ragged Island, having boughtthe 85-acre spot in Casco Bay, Maine. Her other pre-World War II works include (1928), (1934), and (1937); the original, unique manuscript of this dialogue of seven men wasburned in a Sanibel Island hotel fire a year earlier.

Poem Analysis | Edna St. Vincent Millay

Keep in mind that all of this was accomplished duringMillay's college years! After graduation the woman moved to Greenwich Village in New York,a particularly free-thinking and artistic borough. She kept up her writing as well as herinvolvements with women, but also began to take men as lovers though it would seem that noneof them were able to "sway" her from her natural lesbian leanings. The followingparagraph is quoted from another web page dedicated to Edna St. Vincent Millay, which is located at .