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Renascence and Other Poems

Renascence and Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay
By: (1892-1950)

The following is a recording of the first volume of poetry published by Edna St. Vincent Millay. When the author had graduated from high school, she couldn’t afford to go to college. In the summer of 1912, Vincent’s sister, Norma, found work as a waitress at a hotel near where they lived. One night, Norma insisted that Vincent attend a masquerade ball, given at the hotel, if only to get Vincent out of the house and to meet people. Vincent finally gave in, and while there, sang songs and recited “Renascence,” the first poem in this collection. This immediately won over the support of one “Miss Dow,” who would help Vincent raise enough money to attend Vassar College. From there, she would meet others and become fully entrenched in, and later a major influence on, the literary community. (According to Savage Beauty, by Nancy Milford.)

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Renascence and Other Poems


Edna St. Vincent Millay


Renascence All I could see from where I stood

Interim The room is full of you! As I came in

The Suicide "Curse thee, Life, I will live with thee no more!

God's World O world, I cannot hold thee close enough!

Afternoon on a Hill I will be the gladdest thing

Sorrow Sorrow like a ceaseless rain

Tavern I'll keep a little tavern

Ashes of Life Love has gone and left me and the days are all alike;

The Little Ghost I knew her for a little ghost

Kin to Sorrow Am I kin to Sorrow,

Three Songs of Shattering

I The first rose on my rose tree

II Let the little birds sing;

III All the dog wood blossoms are underneath the tree!

The Shroud Death, I say, my heart is bowed

The Dream Love, if I weep it will not matter,

Indifference I said, for Love was laggard, O, Love was slow to come,

Witch Wife She is neither pink nor pale,

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Reviews (Rated: 1 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - December 26, 2014
Subject: Quality of Recording
I had such high hopes for this series of recording of Millay's poems. But those hopes were cruelly dashed by the very poor quality in the Renascence and Other Poems product. There is a loud and annoying humming noise within the recording. Unfortunately, that is not the only problem. Millay was a robust personality, not at all the sleepy voiced presentation which characterizes this recording. I rapidly deleted this offering. I am fond of public domain recordings and am thus somewhat reticent to complain. But, the works of Millay warrant a higher level of quality than is evidenced in this product. Avoid this recording. Dr. JLS

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