Things to Adore

…a pinhole look into the life of one not-so-ordinary girl.


Edna St. Vincent Millay is one of my all-time favorite poets. She was also a playwright and an avid feminist. She is said to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century and in 1923 became the third woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Her early life was stormy at best, and despite being the household manager (along with her two sisters) early on, she continued to write and submit her work to publishers and newspapers often.

She was a ginger and thought herself plain, yet remained quite confident. Her pen name was Nancy Boyd. She was a woman in all the loveliness and grace and fire that entails.

Here are two of my favorite poems of hers:

“Afternoon on a Hill”
I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine
And then start down!

I know what my heart is like
Since your love died:
It is like a hollow ledge
Holding a little pool
Left there by the tide,
A little tepid pool,
Drying inward from the edge.



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This entry was posted on March 8, 2013 by in Life, Thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , .
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