A Few Figs from Thistles

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With this brief overview of Millay's "frivolous" work, "First Fig," the poem in which the "candle" line appears, get a better understanding of the verse's context and its reception after it was published.

It was just the young poet's second collection of poems. Her first, Renascence: and other poems, came out three years earlier.

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She was only the third woman to win the Pulitzer in the poetry category. Perhaps because "First Fig" was just a single stanza , it was easily memorized and came to be the work with which Millay is most associated. The poem is as follows:. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public.

A Few Figs from Thistles: Poems and Sonnets

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01 First Fig A Few Figs from Thistles Edna St Vincent Millay

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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. But you are mobile as the veering air, And all your charms more changeful than the tide, Wherefore to be inconstant is no care: I have but to continue at your side. So wanton, light and false, my love, are you, I am most faithless when I most am true. Vincent Millay, born in in Maine, grew to become one of the premier twentieth-century lyric poets. She was also an accomplished playwright and speaker who often toured giving readings of her poetry.

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All of that was in her public life, but her private life was equally interesting. An unconventional childhood led into an unconventional adulthood. Vincent Millay.

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