Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892 - 1950
Portrait by Carl Van Vechten (14 January 1933)
Born: 22 February 1892, Rockland, Maine
Died: 19 October 1950, Austerlitz, New York
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Edna St. Vincent Millay quotes:
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- A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down. ... Kathleen is about to publish a book. If it's a good book, nothing can harm her. If it's a bad book, nothing can help her. permalink
1927, in Letters of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Allan Ross Macdougall, ed. (1952)
- After all, my erstwhile dear,
My no longer cherished,
Need we say it was not love,
Just because it perished? permalink
"Passer Mortuus Est" in Second April (1921)
- All will be well, we say; it is a habit, like the rising of the sun,
For our country to prosper; who can prevail against us? No one. permalink
"Underground System" in Huntsman, What Quarry? (1939)
- All your lovely words are spoken.
Once the ivory box is broken,
Beats the golden bird no more. permalink
"Memorial to D.C." in Second April (1921)
- Although we sometimes did without a few of life's necessities, we rarely lacked for its luxuries. permalink
- And all the loveliest things there be come simply, so it seems to me. permalink
"The Goose-Girl" in The Harp-Weaver (1923)
- And life goes on forever like the gnawing of a mouse. permalink
"Ashes of Life" in Renascence (1917)
- And, through and over everything,
A sense of glad awakening. permalink
Renascence, title poem (1917)
Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers. permalink
"Spring" in Second April (1921)
- Beauty is whatever gives joy. permalink
- Birds that cannot even sing —
Dare to come again in spring! permalink
"Doubt No More That Oberon" in Second April (1921)
- 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. permalink
"Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies" in Wine from These Grapes (1934)
- Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.
Nobody that matters, that is. permalink
"Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies" in Wine From These Grapes (1934)
- Do you suppose, when you and I are dead, dear, they will publish the Love Letters of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Her Mother? permalink
1921, in Letters of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Allan Ross Macdougall, ed. (1952)
- Down you mongrel, Death!
Back into your kennel! permalink
"The Poet and His Book" in Second April (1921)
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