“Please give me some good advice in your next letter. I promise not to follow it.”-Edna St. Vincent Millay

Plaque on 751/2 Bedford St. in Greenwich Village, NYC

Talk about a strong woman!  The quote above gives you an inkling into the strength of Edna St. Vincent Millay who would’ve been 122 years old today! Happy Birthday to an interesting poet who appealed to both a younger and older generation as evidenced with poems such as “The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver” and “I Know I Am But Summer to Your Heart.” Millay followed no one’s lead, only her own. She gathered a great following with LGBT individuals as well. In Greenwich Village, she lived at 75 and a Half Bedford Street in a home known as the “Narrowest House.”  You should see what that house is going for NOW!!!  Millay is great to read aloud. Try this one out loud:

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why (Sonnet XLIII)

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,

I have forgotten, and what arms have lain

Under my head till morning; but the rain

Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh

Upon the glass and listen for reply,

And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain

For unremembered lads that not again

Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.

Thus in winter stands the lonely tree,

Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,

Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:

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.

 

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