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Edna St. Vincent Millay


Was it for this I uttered prayers,
And sobbed and cursed and kicked the stairs,
That now, domestic as a plate,
I should retire at half-past eight?

From A Few Figs From Thistles (Frank Shay, 1920; Harper & Brothers,1922)
This poem is in the public domain.


Poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. She began publishing poems while still in high school and earned a full scholarship to Vassar based largely on a single poem, called "Renascence." Part of a prominent group of artists and writers who lived in Greenwich Village, Millay was as famous for her bohemian lifestyle as for her writing. She spent the last half of her life entertaining fellow artists with her husband at Steepletop, their pastoral New York estate, which is now a National Historic Landmark.


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So few words say so much. Love well written short poems like this that make their point. She was sensational ~
Posted 03/30/2015 03:04 PM
Ah, brevity, humor, and rhyme and all these beats of her second line.
Posted 03/30/2015 11:22 AM
so funny!
Posted 03/30/2015 08:43 AM

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