Her career that spanned three decades and her work that ranges from lyrics to verse play and political commentary. Edna St. Vincent Millay is mostly known for her earlier works, such as "Renascence", Few Figs Thistles, and Second April. Millay wrote about things such as mystical views on the universe, god, death, celebration of feminism, and free love. It's almost as if she was a writer from today and with that, I believe that she would be comfortable with today's free America.
Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland, Maine on February 2, 1892. She was the first daughter of three girls; her parents, Cora Buzzelle Millay and Henry Tolman Millay. Millay's parents divorced in 1900 and her mother settled with Millay and two sisters in Camden, Maine. She was influenced by her mother, who encouraged her daughters' interests in arts and raised them to be self-reliant with love of books and music. Cora taught Millay to write peotry when she was four and to play the piano at the age of seven (Gray 123).
Millay first published a poem at age fourteen, it was published in St. Nicholes magazine, which was a children periodical that continued to publish her young works. Her writing kept improving as she wrote and edited for her school magazine at Camden High School. Millay was later encouraged by her mother to submit a poem called "Renascence"; Millay's poem was ranked at the top five in the contest. Millay, later entered Vassar College to pursue her talent. There, Millay concentrated her studies on literature, drama, and classic and modern languages. Sometimes she even had her poems published in the Vassar Miscellany and acted in school dramas.(Millay par. 3)
After her graduation, Millay's...
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...a way of understanding life. If we are moved by ones reading, or we get something knowledgeable out of it, then it was worth reading. Millay wrote of many informational things of life and moved readers in her day, but these people didn't know what to think about the truth; they weren't ready for that yet. Millay would be very pleased of today's America. We are very diverse. She was just ahead of her time and people didn't know how to accept her experimental writings.
Gray, James. Edna St. Vincent Millay. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1967
Quartermain, Peter, ed. Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Poets 1880-1945. Vol 45 Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1986.
Gray, James. American Writers III. University of Minnesota 1974
http://www.personal.ksu.edu Edna St. Vincent Millay. December 1, 2000.
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