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Edna St. Vincent Millay

One theme in Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Travel" is the tendency of the imagination to step in as a substitute for self-gratification (and its failure sometimes to fulfill). There is a tension...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2018 3:32 pm UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

The poem entitled "Time Does Not Bring Relief: You All Have Lied" by Edna St. Vincent Millay is a sonnet of 14 lines. The poem is formal verse as opposed to free verse. The poem is written in...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2012 1:57 pm UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Like many artists and intellectuals of the time, Edna St. Vincent Millay was profoundly disturbed by the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti. She thought their trumped-up convictions were patently...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 5:11 am UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

The two famous heroines are Helen of Troy and Isolde (Iseult). Helen was married to Menelaus, ran away with Paris and this was what started the Trojan war in The Illiad. Isolde was betrothed to...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2010 3:13 am UTC

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The poem uses end rhyme, when the words at the ends of lines rhyme, which produces a kind of predictability. The rhyme scheme is abab cdcd efef. This creates a certain music to the poem because end...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 8:30 pm UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

The general tone of the poem is one of wistfulness, a vague sense of longing to see the trees—and to hear the gentle breeze blowing through them—in their natural environment. If not for the traffic...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 5:12 am UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay structures "Sonnet 29" like a Shakespearean sonnet. The poem uses diction and imagery to reveal the theme of unrequited love. The poem opens with a plea from the...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2012 4:14 pm UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

The theme of "Lament" is that grief can be experienced in a frozen way and buried under trivia and cliches, such as that "life goes on" after a person dies. The speaker has apparently just lost her...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019 5:48 pm UTC

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Edna St.Vincent Millay uses repetition and alliteration to convey the emotional force of the poem. The narrator symbolizes the way in which intelligent women of the time were often patronized and...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2017 9:30 am UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem “Oh, oh, you will be sorry for that word!” is quite unique and interesting. It tells something of a story. The woman speaker begins with a line that seems a bit...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2021 12:23 am UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

"Oh, Oh, You Will Be Sorry" is a poem by Edna St Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892–October 19, 1950), an American poet and playwright distinguished among other things for her feminism, social...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2019 10:02 pm UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

I do not think there is any way to doubt that Millay is opposed to World War II in this poem. She seems to be opposed to all war, given her words here. I suppose you could argue that she is...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2010 2:20 pm UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

This poem by St. Vincent Millay is a classic example of a Shakespearean sonnet, composed of fourteen lines – three quatrains and a final couplet, with a rhyme scheme of abab cdcd efef gg. These...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 6:15 pm UTC

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In this sonnet, the speaker is reflecting on the ephemeral nature of love; she laments that her lover "no longer look[s] with love on" her but asks the reader not to pity her for this. The fading...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2019 10:21 pm UTC

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In order to analyze the poem, a good place to begin is by figuring out what you think its point is. What do you believe the poet wants us to understand? I think Millay attempts to redefine...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 2:55 am UTC

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It is hard to know what to do with this excerpt for two reasons. First, interpretation of poetry is a very personal thing. By this fact alone there will always be differences of opinion. Second, I...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012 4:36 am UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Feminine rhyme is created when words rhyme in two or more syllables. In "Recuerdo," which consists of nine couplets, or pairs of rhyming lines with matching meter, feminine rhyme is found in the...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2010 1:52 am UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

A traditional Shakespearean sonnet uses this same form and rhyme scheme, usually to explore the nature of human love. A sonnet is thus most often a very precise way to examine a minute aspect of...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2019 8:50 pm UTC

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To begin, the terms rhyme and rhythm need to be defined. Rhyme is the repetition of similar sounds. For example, sun, fun, done, run all rhyme. Rhythm, on the other hand, is the "musical" quality...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2012 9:49 pm UTC

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The speaker in "Lament" is matter of fact in stating to the children that "your father is dead...life must go on." Contrary to the title of this poem, there is no lamenting on the part of the...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2010 2:37 pm UTC

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In this poem, the author is contemplating old age and death. The speaker in the poem appears to be having tea with an elderly mother. The mother is not only old, but perhaps senile, hard of hearing...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2010 5:11 am UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem "The Spring and the Fall" is a narrative poem about a young couple's relationship over the course of some months, from spring to fall, which ends with a broken heart...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2014 3:25 am UTC

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There are many different examples of figures of speech (or literary/poetic devices) used in Edna St. Vincent Millay's sonnet "Thou are not lovelier than lilacs." Alliteration Alliteration is the...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2012 12:02 am UTC

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I teach my students that the meaning of a poem is one derived (that comes from) from personal interpretation and support. So, what I offer you is my reasoning behind your question. To truly...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2011 5:29 am UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

As you analyze this poem, you have to think about the poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay and her life. Born in 1892, Millay was born in a time period where people had certain expectations of the ways...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2011 3:03 am UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Lament” uses a widow as the speaker of the poem. The husband dies and leaves a few things behind that will be put to use by the family. There are two children left with...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2013 6:10 pm UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

The speaker in the poem "First Fig" by Edna St Vincent Millay creates a tone of longing and sadness combined with joy. The complexities in such a short poem are immense. The beginning of...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2009 11:25 am UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and Ezra Pound are all American poets who were roughly contemporaneous with one another, living from sometime during the last quarter...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016 5:39 am UTC

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The two people who rode the ferry in Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem "Recuerdo" are above all very much in love. They are so wrapped up in each other that they do not see the mundane realities of...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2010 3:27 am UTC

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This is a sophisticated reading for an IGSE level student and an impressive first draft. There are a few strategies you could use to make it stronger. Strategically, it is important to show that...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2020 7:25 pm UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Time does not bring relief; you all have lied” is a 1931 poem written by Edna St. Vincent Millay, a famous American poet who was extremely popular in the 20th century (and beyond). This is a poem...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2018 9:49 pm UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay in "What Lips My Lips Have Kissed," reverses the usual poetic roles of men and women, and features a female speaker reminiscing about past lovers, rather than the opposite....

Latest answer posted March 25, 2010 3:56 am UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay grew up in a very poor home. This fact did not deter her from becoming a famous author. Known for her poetry and plays, she was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012 3:22 pm UTC

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"Travel" is a wonderful example of the power of simple but vividly descriptive words, used to create a clear picture that conveys exactly the message intended by the poet. In each set of four...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2012 1:48 am UTC

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If you read this poem aloud, you'll notice that it doesn't have a certain meter; instead, it just sounds like typical conversation or speech without any particular rhythm of rising and falling...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 3:16 am UTC

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I can understand the challenges of analyzing a poem. There is no one correct way of doing this. If we start with this premise, then you can engage the poem on many different levels, which may...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2010 7:14 am UTC

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

The lines "Life must go on/ and the dead be forgotten" say a lot about the speaker in this poem. I would describe her as being practical minded. Her husband has died, and rather than get...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2008 11:18 pm UTC

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In "What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why," Millay uses metaphors to convey a representation of lost love. She may be the speaker of the poem, but she may not be; in general, it is...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 11:16 pm UTC

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