The Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay

4 April 2015
This paper analyzes and examines “Recuerdo” and “Love is Not at All; It is Not Meat Nor Drink,” two of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s most compelling and well-known poems.

The following essay compares Millay’s “Recuerdo” and “Love is Not at All; It is Not Meat Nor Drink” which serve as compelling and vivid reminders that our lives are short and that we have two choices in life– to ignore our emotional needs in favor of obtaining material possessions or to make finding and maintaining love an integral part of our lives, one which in our darkest hour will provide us with invaluable comfort and serenity.
“Edna St. Vincent Millay is one of the greatest twentieth-century playwrights and poets. Unlike most poets who try to (and often succeed at) achieve and maintain success by writing poems which are vague or filled with unnecessary verses and/or words, Millay uses ordinary words to describe one of life’s most extraordinary and precious gifts, i.e., love. For while most individuals often place undue weight on attaining material possessions, few of these individuals recognize and nurture love when it is presented to them.”
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