Poetry, VOLUME 12

Edna St. Vincent Millay – Five of our Favorite Poems !

St. Vincent Millay Poems

October 19 marks the anniversary of the death of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay …

Edna St. Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was an American poet and playwright, whose poems 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. The poet Richard Wilbur asserted, “She wrote some of the best sonnets of the century.” (via Wikipedia)

 
We honor the occasion with five excellent poems by her…
 

*** Books by Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

What is Edna St Vincent Millay's most famous poem?

'Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare' is one of Edna St Vincent Millay's most famous poems and you can read it below.

When did Edna St Vincent Millay Live?

She was born on February 22, 1892 in Rockland, Maine and died at the age of 58 on October 19, 1950, in Austerlitz, New York.

How did Edna St Vincent Millay die?

According to Wikipedia, she died of a heart in her home in New York at the age of 58.

 

Euclid Alone Has
Looked on Beauty Bare
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Found in:
American Poetry, 1922
(FREE Ebook Available via Project Gutenberg)

Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare.
Let all who prate of Beauty hold their peace,
And lay them prone upon the earth and cease
To ponder on themselves, the while they stare
At nothing, intricately drawn nowhere
In shapes of shifting lineage; let geese
Gabble and hiss, but heroes seek release
From dusty bondage into luminous air.

O blinding hour, O holy, terrible day,
When first the shaft into his vision shone
Of light anatomized! 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.

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