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Edna St. Vincent Millay

(22 February 1892 – 19 October 1950 / Rockland / Maine / United States)

Quotations

  • ''I will be the gladdest thing
    Under the sun!
    I will touch a hundred flowers
    And not pick one.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. Afternoon on a Hill (l. 1-4). . ; pseud. "Nancy Boyd" Collected Poems [Edna St. Vincent Millay]. Norma Millay, ed. (1956) Harper and Row.
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  • ''It mattering not how beautiful you were,
    Or how beloved above all else that dies.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. And You as Well Must Die, Beloved Dust (l. 13-14). . ; pseud. "Nancy Boyd" Collected Poems [Edna St. Vincent Millay]. Norma Millay, ed. (1956) Harper and Row.
  • ''this wonder fled,
    Altered, estranged, disintegrated, lost.
    Nor shall my love avail you in your hour.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. And You as Well Must Die, Beloved Dust (l. 7-9). . ; pseud. "Nancy Boyd" Collected Poems [Edna St. Vincent Millay]. Norma Millay, ed. (1956) Harper and Row.
  • ''Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age.
    The child is grown, and puts away childish things.
    Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.
    Nobody that matters, that is.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet and author. "Childhood Is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies," Wine From the Grapes (1934).
  • ''Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.
    Nobody that matters, that is.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies, Wine From These Grapes (1934).
  • ''Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
    Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
    Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
    I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. Dirge without Music (l. 13-16). . ; pseud. "Nancy Boyd" Collected Poems [Edna St. Vincent Millay]. Norma Millay, ed. (1956) Harper and Row.
  • ''Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
    Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
    Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
    I know, But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. "Dirge Without Music," lines 13-16 (1928).
  • ''let geese
    Gabble and hiss, but heroes seek release
    From dusty bondage into luminous air.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare (l. 6-8). . ; pseud. "Nancy Boyd" Collected Poems [Edna St. Vincent Millay]. Norma Millay, ed. (1956) Harper and Row.
  • ''Fortunate they
    Who, though once only and then but far away,
    Have heard her massive sandal set on stone.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare (l. 12-14). . ; psued. "Nancy Boyd" Collected Poems [Edna St. Vincent Millay]. Norma Millay, ed. (1956) Harper and Row.
  • ''Euclid alone
    Has looked on Beauty bare. Fortunate they
    Who, though once only and then but far away,
    Have heard her massive sandal set on stone.''
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare, The Harp-weaver and Other Poems (1923).

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The Leaf And The Tree

When will you learn, myself, to be
a dying leaf on a living tree?
Budding, swelling, growing strong,
Wearing green, but not for long,
Drawing sustenance from air,
That other leaves, and you not there,
May bud, and at the autumn's call
Wearing russet, ready to fall?
Has not this trunk a deed to do

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