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Analysis and comments on Conscientious Objector by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Comment 8 of 48, added on March 7th, 2012 at 5:55 PM.
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vF5Q2e Great post.Really thank you! Great.

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Comment 7 of 48, added on February 12th, 2012 at 3:44 AM.
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6N4dXi I serched through the internet and got here. What a wonderful
invention of the mankind. With the help of the network you communicate,
learn, read !... That helped us to get acquainted!....

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Comment 6 of 48, added on May 22nd, 2010 at 6:46 AM.

Christopher Hitchens quotes from this poem here in a recent talk with
Salman Rushdie.

It may give you another way of appreciating it.

You'll have to do a search in youtube to see it as I don't think I can post
a link here, sorry.


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Comment 5 of 48, added on May 3rd, 2010 at 3:23 AM.
Conscientious Objector

I think this poem is just as relevant today as when it was written...times
and places may change...mankind stays the same....'Conscientious Objector'
is simply a great poem !

Ricky McLeod from New Zealand
Comment 4 of 48, added on February 9th, 2009 at 2:00 PM.

well to tell the truth i can't really undestand what the poem is about but
what i do uderstand it is actually a really good poem..i enjoyed it..i am
doin a poem project about it so if there is anyone out there that can help
me grasp the poem's point please message me lyk before tommorrow!!!THANK
YA!!!!=)

amber hasapis from United States
Comment 3 of 48, added on July 11th, 2007 at 4:59 PM.

Just had parts of this recited at a Quaker Meeting. Very powerful. If
anyone who reads it has quaker friends, copy it to them!

Rob Holland from United Kingdom
Comment 2 of 48, added on December 28th, 2005 at 6:53 AM.

vincent's mention of the balkans may be a reference to the first world war;
as if began in 1914 in sarajevo, bosnia with the assassination of the
austro-hungarian prince, ferninand. i wonder then: could the reference to
cuba be intended as the spanish-american war of 1898? american
participation in that misadventure was primarily in cuba. both wars were
waged immediately prior to the creation of this poem, which i believe was
written in the 1930s. the next american war was, of course, world war two.

i don't believe that the poem is primarily about war however. a poet will
always object to choas and venality, and it seems to me that this is
vincent's critique of the world-wide malaise that was beginning to envelope
the entire world. it is the pre-condition, the oncoming horror that she is
recoiling from here. and she bravely asserts that she wants no part of the
duplicity that will lead to death.

bob from United States
Comment 1 of 48, added on September 28th, 2005 at 6:29 PM.

Why does she choose to mention Cuba and the Balkans our of all places?

Jennifer from United States

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: Conscientious Objector
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Poem of the Day: May 15 2010


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