Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Edna St. Vincent Millay

The new country song mentions Edna St. Vincent Millay, a lyrical poet and playwright and the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She was also known for her unconventional and Bohemian lifestyle and her many love affairs with both men and women.

Her best known poem might be "First Fig" (1920):
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends--
It gives a lovely light!

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