Erotic Fridays: Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Here’s this month’s poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her feminist activism. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work.

Edna St. Vincent Millay is best known as one of the most respected American poets of the 20th century. She coined the popular phrase, “My candle burns at both ends.”

Edna St. Vincent Millay was one of the most respected American poets of the 20th century. Millay was known for her riveting readings and feminist views. She penned Renascence, one of her most well-known poems, and the book The Ballad of the Harp Weaver, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1923. Most notably, it was this poem where she coined the popular phrase, “My candle burns at both ends.” Millay died in 1950 on her farm in Austerlitz, New York.

Check out this poem I found that I really liked.  Please enjoy.

F. M. Laster

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

Not in a silver casket cool with pearls
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Not in a silver casket cool with pearls
Or rich with red corundum or with blue,
Locked, and the key withheld, as other girls
Have given their loves, I give my love to you;
Not in a lovers’-knot, not in a ring
Worked in such fashion, and the legend plain—
Semper fidelis, where a secret spring
Kennels a drop of mischief for the brain:
Love in the open hand, no thing but that,
Ungemmed, unhidden, wishing not to hurt,
As one should bring you cowslips in a hat
Swung from the hand, or apples in her skirt,
I bring you, calling out as children do:
“Look what I have!—And these are all for you.”

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