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“Memorial to D.C.” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Poem to a lost friend evokes love and longing

There is an old joke among writers that nobody likes to write but everybody likes to have written. Nothing could have been further from the truth for poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay (1889-1950). Her love affair with words began … Continue reading

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Learning How to Accept Death

Edna St. Vincent Millay expresses her struggle to accept mortality in her poem “Dirge Without Music”

Edna St. Vincent Millay is no stranger to us at SevenPonds. While death remains a constant theme in many of her poems, her relationship with death oscillates between acceptance and repulsion—making her treatment of the subject utterly relatable. A woman … Continue reading

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Standing up to Death

Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem has an audacious message

As its title suggests, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Conscientious Objector” contains heavy anti-war tones; but it can also be read as a simple, but potent, protest against death in general. Millay is unabashed in her views right from the get-go, … Continue reading

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Reassurance in Death

Nature reminds us that death is part of her poetry

When I was fourteen, my family went on a vacation to Ireland. We drove through the much-too-small roads in a much-too-big rental car: a Mercedes van that seated ten. It sometimes felt perilous weaving through quaint little towns in a … Continue reading

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