Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition

More than sixty years after her dying, the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay keeps to captivate new generations of readers. The twentieth-century American writer used to be catapulted to status after the booklet of Renascence, her first significant paintings and a poem written whereas she used to be nonetheless undefined. Millay’s frank angle towards sexuality—along with immortal traces comparable to “My candle burns at either ends”—solidified her popularity because the integral liberated lady of the Jazz Age.

during this authoritative quantity, Timothy F. Jackson has compiled and annotated a brand new choice that represents the whole diversity of her released paintings along formerly unpublished manuscript excerpts, poems, prose, and correspondence. The poems, showing as they have been revealed of their first variations, are complemented by way of Jackson’s vast, illuminating notes, which draw on archival assets and aid situate her paintings in its historic and literary context. introductory essays—one through Jackson and the opposite by way of Millay’s literary executor, Holly Peppe—also support severely body the poet’s work.

This deluxe variation could be adored by means of readers who proceed to check and revel in the paintings of this iconic figure.

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You are going to die with me: yet I shall, at most sensible, Forgive you with restraint, for deeds like those. Felicity of Grief! —even demise being variety, Reminding us how a lot we dared to like! There, as soon as, the problem lay,—like a gentle glove Dropped as via carelessness—easy to discover capability and excuse for being a bit of blind simply at that second; and why bend above, absorb, such convinced suffering for the brain? Ah, you who are suffering now as I now do, Seeing, of Life’s dimensions, no longer one left keep Time—long days someway to be lived via: Think—of how nice a specific thing have been you bereft That it's going to weigh so now! —and that you just knew consistently, its awkward contours, and its heft. If I die solvent—die, that's to assert, In complete ownership of my serious brain, no longer having solid, to maintain the wolves at bay during this darkish wood—till all be flung in the back of— Wit, braveness, honour, satisfaction, oblivion Of the pink eyeball and the yellow enamel; Nor sweat nor howl nor holiday right into a run whilst loping Death’s upon me in sizzling sooth; ’Twill be that during my honoured palms I endure What’s less than no to be spilled until my blood spills and hardens within the air: An earthen grail, a humble vessel stuffed To its low brim with water from that verge of collapse the place Shakespeare, Keats and Chaucer discovered to drink. BIOGRAPHICAL notice be aware at the TEXTS NOTES INDEX OF TITLES & FIRST strains BIOGRAPHICAL word Edna St. Vincent Millay used to be born February 22, 1892, in Rockland, Maine. Her mom and dad have been divorced in 1900, and her mom took the 3 childrens to Camden, Maine, the place she labored as a nurse to aid the relations. Millay submitted “Renascence,” a protracted poem, to a 1912 poetry contest backed through the anthology The Lyric 12 months; it got here in fourth, yet used to be praised through the poets Witter Bynner and Arthur Davison Ficke, constructing Millay’s literary attractiveness. She entered Vassar collage in 1914. After graduating in 1917, she moved to Greenwich Village, and her first booklet, Renascence and different Poems, used to be released. She wrote and directed the verse play Aria da Capo for the Provincetown avid gamers in 1919. After touring in Europe from 1921 to 1923, she married Eugen Boissevain, and acquired the farm Steepletop in Austerlitz, big apple. In 1927 she wrote the libretto for Deems Taylor’s opera The King’s Henchman. She was once elected in 1929 to the nationwide Institute of Arts and Letters. With George Dillon, she translated Baudelaire’s plant life of Evil (1936). She bought the Gold Medal of the Poetry Society of the USA in 1943. She died on October 19, 1950. Her accrued Poems (1956) was once edited by means of her sister Norma Millay Ellis. be aware at the TEXTS The texts of the poems during this quantity are taken from accrued Poems (New York: Harper & Row, 1956), edited by way of Norma Millay, apart from works now not integrated in that version. The texts of poems that don't look in gathered Poems are revealed from the subsequent assets: Aria da Capo. Aria da Capo (New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1921). from The King’s Henchman: The King’s Henchman (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1927).

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