“Poetry Afternoon”

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Born February 22, 1892  –  Rockland, Maine  USA

Died October 19, 1950  –  Austerlitz, New York, USA

She had fallen down her home stairs, and was found approximately 8 hours later.  She had suffered a Heart Attack, and was aged 58.


“Love Is Not All”

Love is not all:  It is not meat nor drink

Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain,

Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink

and rise and sink and rise and sink again.

Love cannot fill the thickened lung with breath

Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;

Yet many a man is making friends with death

even as I speak, for lack of love above.

It may well be that in a difficult hour,

penned down by need and moaning for release

or nagged by want past resolution’s power,

I might be driven to sell your love for peace,

Or trade the memory of this night for food,

It may well be.  I do not think I would.


Edna St Vincent Millay was an American Poet and Playwright, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923.  The third woman to win the award for Poetry.  She was also known for her feminist activism.

Edna St Vincent Millay wrote some rather strong poems and should also be recognised as one of the first female Poets to write so honestly about the power of her sexuality over men.

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