Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
June 29th, 2016 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 315,179 comments.
Edna St. Vincent Millay - An Ancient Gesture

I thought, as I wiped my eyes on the corner of my apron:
Penelope did this too.
And more than once: you can't keep weaving all day
And undoing it all through the night;
Your arms get tired, and the back of your neck gets tight;
And along towards morning, when you think it will never be light,
And your husband has been gone, and you don't know where, for years.
Suddenly you burst into tears;
There is simply nothing else to do.

And I thought, as I wiped my eyes on the corner of my apron:
This is an ancient gesture, authentic, antique,
In the very best tradition, classic, Greek;
Ulysses did this too.
But only as a gesture,—a gesture which implied
To the assembled throng that he was much too moved to speak.
He learned it from Penelope...
Penelope, who really cried.

Share |

Added: Feb 21 2003 | Viewed: 685 times | Comments and analysis of An Ancient Gesture by Edna St. Vincent Millay Comments (789)

An Ancient Gesture - Comments and Information

Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: An Ancient Gesture

Comment 789 of 789, added on January 1st, 2016 at 2:52 PM.
RaMKMALcsTgghB

qu9LgF

HaHqTApJsrVBjscLC from Guatemala
Comment 788 of 789, added on January 1st, 2016 at 10:27 AM.
kOISzQVoHTDvSkodj

tkb8Pd

HGuGtpVkomddhtaLBFW from Bahamas
Comment 787 of 789, added on January 1st, 2016 at 6:12 AM.
lktSWhtQvtAj

1dx6Vo

qumMQgCL from Belize

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, An Ancient Gesture, has received 789 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Millay Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links