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Analysis and comments on First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Comment 12 of 32, added on March 10th, 2008 at 9:22 PM.

The poem refers to Millay being bisexual, and her unusual lifestyle. She
is saying she will do as she pleases, for life is to short to not to enjoy
it the its fullest.

Tina from United States
Comment 11 of 32, added on February 1st, 2008 at 8:26 AM.

From poem of the week blogspot:

Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland, ME in 1892. Her fourth book
of poetry, The Harp Weaver, earned her the Pulitzer Prize. She was openly
bi, which sheds some light on the otherwise mysterious title here.

Benjamin from South Africa
Comment 10 of 32, added on April 17th, 2007 at 7:22 PM.

this poem is not about figs!

joe huyt from United States
Comment 9 of 32, added on March 3rd, 2007 at 6:57 AM.

The title "First Fig" has stong biblical symbolism. The tree of knowledge
in the Garden of Eden was really the fig tree and its friut was forbidden.
Before Adam and Eve tasted of the "fruit of knowldege" they were to live
forever in the Gardem. As a punishment for disobeying God and eating of the
fig they were banished from the Garden and were to suffer in life and
forfit their immortality. There is also a reference to carnal knowledge.
With the eating of

Milan from United States
Comment 8 of 32, added on February 2nd, 2007 at 1:54 AM.

Sherri or anyone,
Maybe you can tell me why it is called "First Fig?"
Thanks

Kimberly from United States
Comment 7 of 32, added on January 4th, 2006 at 9:31 PM.

I agree with Sherri Araujo. Her interpretation of the poem is what I
believe the poem's message is. I've never read First Fig, but this is the
saying Roald Dahl lived by and I found it on the inside back-cover of one
of his books.

Ronnok from United States
Comment 6 of 32, added on October 10th, 2005 at 6:28 PM.

I really liked it when Norman recites this poem to his brother and his
fluzie girl friend at the bar. All the characters were burning their
candles at both ends - but Norman was the only one sophisticated enough
to realize it.

Reed from United States
Comment 5 of 32, added on March 25th, 2005 at 8:16 PM.

"My candle burns at both ends;"
---From the moment you're born you're dieing. At the beginning of life your
"candle" is lit and with each passing day the wick gets shorter and
shorter, because this candle is lit on two ends. One of life and one of
death.
"It will not last the night;"
--- No one can honestly say how long we will live. We can only hope that
are time on earth will be plentiful and that we get to truely experience
life with those people we care about.
"But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends---"
---Without friends and enemies life is nothing. It is not interesting or
challenging or even enlightening. And although our time is short we still
pass each day with our friends close and enemies closer.
"It gives a lovely light!"
---Some people such as Ryan, whom I read about above, make life so
meaningful and beautiful in the short time they are here. They make it
worth while and show what the true meaning of life are about. Without
people like Ryan we would not understand the meaning of love and life.
After reading about him and reading this poem over again I realized that
life is to short to waist away and that you should embrace life while you
have it. Because just as glass, life can so easily be shattered. After
reading "First Fig" so much can be learned about love and life from just
four stanzas. And so much more can be learned from the actions that you
partake in, in this short, wonderful, and meaningful time.

Sherri Araujo from United States
Comment 4 of 32, added on March 9th, 2005 at 3:19 PM.

Ryan was an active child and a very athletic teen. He was a fantastic
soccer player, even playing for Teams USA. He played in seven countries
and witnessed sites many of us only dream about, all before he was 18.

Ryan graduated from Purdue University in 1995 as an Engineer. He learned
among many things scholarly, a desire to drink. As with many college
students today the party never ends.

The party ended for Ryan in February, 2004, when he died of complications
to Liver disease. He was a good son, and a very happy man. This poem
describes him to a tee, it's my favorite, I think of it allot, I think of
my son who lit his candle at both ends, and he was so much my shining
light.


R.A.F. from United States
Comment 3 of 32, added on January 29th, 2005 at 12:26 PM.

I think this poem is the best I heard in all my life I hope i can show it
to my friends.

Kevin Flores from United States

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Information about First Fig

Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: 1. First Fig
Volume: A Few Figs From Thistles
Year: 1921
Added: Feb 3 2004
Viewed: 13881 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 17 2000


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