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Dirge Without Music - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the
love,—
They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not
approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the
world.

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.


Comments about Dirge Without Music by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Freshman - 529 Points Brian Jani (6/19/2014 4:44:00 AM)

    A very well written poem here i absolutely like it (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 63 Points Colleen Courtney (5/17/2014 8:42:00 AM)

    A true but sad piece. We all will end up this way eventually. Why fight it. Resign yourself to the fact that this is what life is. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sara S (7/28/2009 2:48:00 PM)

    there's a book Baby by Patricia MacLachlan one of my favorite books and this poem is like the moment of truth... (Report) Reply

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