Heartache

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Through the collection of poems written by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dante Micheaux, Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton, and Sara Teasdale, each distinctly describes that where there is love, there will always be heartache.
Within Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem, “What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,” she explains that young love, although fantastic, fades with maturity, but reminiscing upon those memories causes the heart to ache. Millay beings her poem by illustrating the numerous “love” encounters of the character being depicted. Millay states, “what lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why, I have forgotten, and what arms have lain under my head till morning,” (lines 1-3). The author flashes back to the past life of the character; all of the “arms lain under [their] head” tells the reader that there were many relationships involved. The forgetting of all the “kisses,” could possible signify that the person repressed their memories, as they brought heartbreak to them. Millay moves on with her poem by describing all of the people that came in and out of the life of the main character. She states, “I cannot say what loves have come and gone, I only know that summer sang in me a little while, that in me sings no more,” (lines 12-14). Millay’s use of sorrow through these last lines shows that the individual has endured great heartache at some point which was caused by some sort of love. Although they forgot who each lover was, the individual can recall the happiness that the love brought, but also remembers that when the love collapsed, heartache broke the association of “summer” singing within that individual. Summer is referred to as being happy with many endeavors, such as finding new love, so the person in the p...

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...herself, as stated, “You love me, and I find you still a spirit beautiful and bright, yet I am I, who long to be lost as a light is lost in light,” (lines 5-8). The author, clearly confused, both wants and doesn’t want whomever this poem is dedicated to. The author wants the person because of their beautiful soul, but does not want them due to the greater desire to be a free spirit, like a light—something that is never constant. This confusion, with love a driving factor, causes heartache and confusion to the author and the recipient; hence, where there is love, heartache will always prevail.
To conclude, through Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dante Micheaux, Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton, and Sara Teasdale’s poem collection, they each distinguish that heartache will always find its way into the lives of people who experience the impenetrable power of love.
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