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

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Comment 16 of 41, added on January 17th, 2013 at 8:31 AM.
First Fig

I always advise my students to differentiate between the personal life of
the poets/authors and their fictitious personae. In Millay’s text, there is
no linguistic evidence as to the the gender identity of the speaker: this
is to say the speaker can be male or female. Also there is no evidence
that the poet is talking about herself.
In the absence of gender indicators, the text could point to either a male
speaker boasting of the joys of indulgence in penile and anal sexual
activities “both ends”, or a female speaker receiving the light through
two out of three corporeal apertures “both ends” : oral, vaginal or
anal.


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Comment 15 of 41, added on March 28th, 2012 at 11:53 AM.
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I never saw the bi reference....

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Comment 13 of 41, added on September 4th, 2010 at 1:56 AM.
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coments her bi-sexuality but it cannot last forever as nothing can but
while it is alive and she is alive and we are alive we can let our spirits
or our being shine befoe all mankind

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Comment 12 of 41, 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.

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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: 14226 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 17 2000


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