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

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Comment 15 of 45, added on March 28th, 2012 at 11:53 AM.

I never saw the bi reference....

Yuri from Russia
Comment 14 of 45, added on December 24th, 2011 at 9:57 AM.

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usabyalejandra from United States
Comment 13 of 45, 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 45, 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 45, 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 45, added on April 17th, 2007 at 7:22 PM.

this poem is not about figs!

joe huyt from United States
Comment 9 of 45, 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 45, 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 45, 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 45, 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

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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: 14396 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 17 2000

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