How does Millay use rhyme and rhythm to create a musical tone in her poetry ?

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Edna St. Vincent Millay had a knack for infusing freshness, delicacy, and musical quality to her works by her use of personification and lilting cadences.  She also wrote with energy, often using comparisons of nature to create a picture in the reader's mind.  When reading her poetry, the reader is transported through time and space and actually feel like they're in the place described in the poem.

Though often considered laborious by some students of poetry today, in her day (the 1900's) she was considered one of the foremost poets of her time.  In 1922, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for one of her books of verse.  She also wrote the words for the opera. "The King's Henchman," which was produced by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1927.  It was one of the few American operas ever written.

Ms. Millay learned the fine art of showing deep understanding of human emotions and she was skilled in using words that displayed those emotions in the finest way.

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