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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Geburtstag: 22. Februar 1892
Todesdatum: 19. Oktober 1950
Andere Namen:إدنا سانت فنسنت ميلاي, ادنا سنت وینسنت میلی, Една Сент-Вінсент Міллей

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Edna St. Vincent Millay war eine amerikanische Lyrikerin und Dramatikerin sowie die dritte Frau, die den Pulitzer-Preis für lyrische Dichtkunst erhielt. Sie war bekannt für ihren unkonventionellen und bohemienhaften Lebensstil. Für ihre frühen Prosa-Werke verwendete sie das Pseudonym Nancy Boyd.

Thomas Hardy sagte einst, dass Amerika zwei große Attraktionen zu bieten habe: die Wolkenkratzer und die Poesie von Edna St. Vincent Millay.

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Zitate Edna St. Vincent Millay

„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.“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay, A Few Figs from Thistles
Edna St. Vincent Millay, in "First Fig" from A Few Figs from Thistles (1920); said to be a motto Roald Dahl lived by.

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„I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay
Context: Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree, Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one, Yet knows its boughs more silent than before: I cannot say what loves have come and gone, I only know that summer sang in me A little while, that in me sings no more. Sonnet XLIII: "What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why" (1923), Collected Poems", 1931

„Many a bard's untimely death
Lends unto his verses breath“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay
Context: Many a bard's untimely death Lends unto his verses breath; Here's a song was never sung: Growing old is dying young. "To a Poet Who Died Young" in Second April‎ (1921), p. 52

„Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay
Context: Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain; Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink And rise and sink and rise and sink again; Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath, Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone; Yet many a man is making friends with death Even as I speak, for lack of love alone. Sonnet XXX from Fatal Interview (1931)

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„So wanton, light and false, my love, are you,
I am most faithless when I most am true.“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay
Context: 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. From Sonnet III: "Oh, Think not I am faithful to a vow!", A Few Figs from Thistles (1922) <!-- Not sure whether this appears in the 1920 edition. -->

„The world stands out on either side
No wider than the heart is wide“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay
Context: The world stands out on either side No wider than the heart is wide; Above the world is stretched the sky, — No higher than the soul is high. The heart can push the sea and land Farther away on either hand; The soul can split the sky in two, And let the face of God shine through. But East and West will pinch the heart That can not keep them pushed apart; And he whose soul is flat — the sky Will cave in on him by and by. "Renascence" (1912), st. 20, Renascence and Other Poems (1917)

„The only people I really hate are servants. They are not really human beings at all.“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay
Context: The only people I really hate are servants. They are not really human beings at all. As attributed without citation in At Home by Bill Bryson, Chapter V, "The Scullery and the Larder" p. 111

„And reaching up my hand to try,
I screamed to feel it touch the sky.“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay
Context: But, sure, the sky is big, I said; Miles and miles above my head; So here upon my back I'll lie And look my fill into the sky. And so I looked, and, after all, The sky was not so very tall. The sky, I said, must somewhere stop, And — sure enough! — I see the top! The sky, I thought, is not so grand; I 'most could touch it with my hand! And reaching up my hand to try, I screamed to feel it touch the sky. "Renascence" (1912), st. 3 Renascence and Other Poems (1917)

„But, sure, the sky is big, I said;
Miles and miles above my head“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay
Context: But, sure, the sky is big, I said; Miles and miles above my head; So here upon my back I'll lie And look my fill into the sky. And so I looked, and, after all, The sky was not so very tall. The sky, I said, must somewhere stop, And — sure enough! — I see the top! The sky, I thought, is not so grand; I 'most could touch it with my hand! And reaching up my hand to try, I screamed to feel it touch the sky. "Renascence" (1912), st. 3 Renascence and Other Poems (1917)

„Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay
Context: Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain; Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink And rise and sink and rise and sink again; Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath, Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone; Yet many a man is making friends with death Even as I speak, for lack of love alone. Sonnet XXX from Fatal Interview (1931)

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