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…
Edna St. Vincent Millay
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And what are you that, wanting you,
I should be kept awake
As many nights as there are days
With weeping for your sake?
And what are you that, missing you,
As many days as crawl
I should be listening to the wind
And looking at the wall?
I know a man that’s a braver man
And twenty men as kind,
And what are you, that you should be
The one man in my mind?
Yet women’s ways are witless ways,
As any sage will tell,–
And what am I, that I should love
So wisely and so well?