Edna St. Vincent Millay American Literature Analysis
Millay matured artistically at an early age and devoted her whole life to the conscientious exercise of her literary gift. A supremely lyrical poet, she wrote brief verses charged with feeling. Readers of her poetry find themselves overhearing, as it were, the passionate declarations and confessions of a plain, honest person with whom they can easily identify. Millay found a voice all her own: witty, insightful, straightforward, clear as a whistle, familiar and yet formal. She uses witty rhymes, well modulated assonance and alliteration, and finely crafted phrases with perfect diction. Outspoken in her advocacy of personal individuality and social justice, Millay expressed the post-Victorian morality of the Jazz Age in the traditional vocabulary and verse forms of the former era.
Written when she was nineteen years old, the poem that established her fame, “Renascence,” is a Wordsworthian song of praise to the infinite unseen power in nature and its connection to the human spirit. “The soul can split the sky in two,” she cries, “And let the face of God shine through.” Romantic joy proceeds from freedom; Millay celebrated that credo from the beginning to the end of her career. Ever true to the ideals of high Romanticism, Millay worships the transient yet transcendent beauty of nature. She was season-wise, attuned to the vagaries of nature’s changing forces and forms. Without a specific theology or religion, she worships the eternal made...
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