Poets | Bookstore | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
September 30th, 2014 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 278,958 comments.
Edna St. Vincent Millay - Apostrophe To Man

(On reflecting that the world 
 is ready to go to war again)

Detestable race, continue to expunge yourself, die out.
Breed faster, crowd, encroach, sing hymns, build 
	bombing airplanes;
Make speeches, unveil statues, issue bonds, parade;
Convert again into explosives the bewildered ammonia 
and the distracted cellulose;
Convert again into putrescent matter drawing flies
The hopeful bodies of the young; exhort,
Pray, pull long faces, be earnest, 
be all but overcome, be photographed;
Confer, perfect your formulae, commercialize
Bacateria harmful to human tissue,
Put death on the market;
Breed, crowd, encroach,
expand, expunge yourself, die out,
Homo called sapiens.

Share |

Added: Feb 21 2003 | Viewed: 560 times | Comments and analysis of Apostrophe To Man by Edna St. Vincent Millay Comments (3)

Apostrophe To Man - Comments and Information

Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: Apostrophe To Man

Comment 3 of 3, added on August 4th, 2014 at 3:56 PM.
JcIgcbrITuOmsaB

FbtsXJ Major thankies for the post.Much thanks again. Really Great.

crorkz from South Africa
Comment 2 of 3, added on August 3rd, 2014 at 2:32 PM.
fqBdiDnDeSu

ecFRlo Major thanks for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

matzcrorkz from Finland
Comment 1 of 3, added on May 3rd, 2010 at 3:32 AM.
Apostrophe To Man

A great and powerful poem....just as relevant today as when it was written....wars come and go...we are still killing each other....mankind stays the same.....the last lines are terrifying !!!!

Ricky McLeod from New Zealand

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Apostrophe To Man, has received 3 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Millay Info
Copyright © 2000-2012 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links | Bookstore