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

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Comment 14 of 44, added on December 24th, 2011 at 9:57 AM.

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usabyalejandra from United States
Comment 13 of 44, added on September 4th, 2010 at 1:56 AM.
the first fig

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

jack from United States
Comment 12 of 44, 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 44, 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 44, added on April 17th, 2007 at 7:22 PM.

this poem is not about figs!

joe huyt from United States
Comment 9 of 44, 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 44, added on February 2nd, 2007 at 1:54 AM.

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

Kimberly from United States
Comment 7 of 44, 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 44, 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 44, 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
"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

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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: 14366 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 17 2000

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