Poem:"Lament" by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Reprinted with permission of Elizabeth Barnett / Millay Society.
Listen, children: Your father is dead. From his old coats I'll make you little jackets; I'll make you little trousers From his old pants.
There'll be in his pockets Things he used to put there, Keys and pennies Covered with tobacco; Dan shall have the pennies To save in his bank; Anne shall have the keys To make a pretty noise with.
Life must go on, And the dead be forgotten; Life must go on, Though good men die; Anne, eat your breakfast; Dan, take your medicine; Life must go on; I forget just why.
2/22/08 - It's the birthday of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, born in Rockland, Maine (1892). Her middle name came from a hospital - St. Vincent in New York - where one of her uncles was saved from death immediately before her birth.
Her parents divorced when she was little and she and her two sisters moved constantly with their mother. Throughout their moves, her mother always carried along a trunk full of classic literature, including the works of Shakespeare and John Milton, which she often read aloud to her daughters.
Edna was in high school when she entered a poetry contest and wrote a poem - "Renascence" - which she recited at a poetry reading, and a woman in the audience was so impressed that she paid Edna's way to go to Vassar College.
She was a rebellious student at Vassar, then moved to New York City, where she lived in Greenwich Village and had numerous love affairs with both women and men. Edmund Wilson thought she was almost "supernaturally beautiful." He proposed marriage and never got over the rejection.
In her poem "First Fig" she wrote: 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!
And in "Second Fig," "Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand: / Come see my shining palace built upon the sand!"
The longest biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay is by Nancy Milford. It's release was right around the time of 9-11. Another biography of the poet is at the right.
by Daniel Mark Epstein - 2002 -
Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
Eugen invited Dillon on June 28, writing, "Our house will be full of
pretty girls, but we have not enough beautiful men, so you'll have to
come. ... books.google.com/books?isbn=0805071814...
EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY
After the death of his first wife, Inez Milholland, Eugen Boissevain concentrated on making money with two brothers (Robert and Jan) in the business of importing coffee from Java. He married Edna St. Vincent Millay in 1923, the year she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. They bought a 600-acre farm near Austerlitz, NY (now the Millay Colony for writers) and Eugen dedicated his life to her until he died of cancer in 1949. She died a year later, after commenting in a memorial note to Eugen: "The only thing I ever did for you was survive you. But that was much."