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Ashes of Life

I agree with the comments of Karen Ballance. You have said exactly what
this great poem is about Karen !!!! I have read this poem many times and
and at various times identified with the sentiments....

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Comment 1 of 6, added on May 15th, 2005 at 11:46 PM.

When first glanced at, the title “Ashes of Life” may possibly cause
speculation of many thoughts. One could conclude that the poem was about
the pains of life, ruins of life, or life after a major crisis (such as a
fire). The poem could be paraphrased into one simple statement. After the
writer’s love has gone away, she feels nothing for life and sees no point
in it. This poem has end rhyme that goes in the pattern ABABCDCDEFEF. It
also has personification. It makes love out to be someone. It also uses a
simile when it says, “And life goes on forever like the gnawing of a
mouse.” The attitude of this poem is lifelessness and dreariness. The shift
occurs during the second stanza starting at “But all the things...” After
reading the poem, the title means much more. Now it can show that “Ashes of
Life” mean the pain after love is gone or the result of something
devastating. The theme of this poem is that without love we are empty.

Karen Ballance from United States

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Information about Ashes Of Life

Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: Ashes Of Life
Volume: Renascence and Other Poems
Year: 1917
Added: Feb 21 2003
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