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Analysis and comments on Dirge Without Music by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Comment 9 of 34, added on January 29th, 2011 at 8:02 AM.

This is a wonderful, powerfully emotional poem. As a person who does not
believe in imaginary skyfairies, I really appreciate how this poem
expresses the raw emotion of feelings of loss, without making repeated
references to "Gods Plan", or "She is in heaven now" or other simplistic

A few years ago when my loving grandmother died, I was asked to speak at
the funeral, which was held at a Catholic church. I wish I had thought to
include a reading of this poem back then.

Michael from United States
Comment 8 of 34, added on May 21st, 2009 at 2:46 PM.

Wikipedia entries for Bob Dylan's recent album, Time Out of Mind, refer to
Samuel Beckett and John Keats as influences on the album and the song Not
Dark Yet. Dirge Without Music should be added not only because it's the
source of the album title.

Kathe from United States
Comment 7 of 34, added on April 23rd, 2006 at 1:51 PM.

As I age and have more personal loses, I return to read "Dirge without
Music." The poem is hardly hopeful and certainly lacks comfort as I grieve,
but it is brilliant in its connections with human feelings;and, somehow,
its truth and lack of soothing bromides, encourages me to mourn for awhile,
then move on.

Alice Orshan from United States
Comment 6 of 34, added on January 9th, 2006 at 8:42 PM.

Millay opens her heart to the world in this poem, creating a sense of
admirable vulnerability, contrasting beautifully with her sense of
righteousness and vindication in her beliefs. It sounds as if shes speaking
directly to god in those lines "i know. But i do not approve. And i am not

Dan from United States
Comment 5 of 34, added on August 6th, 2005 at 8:44 PM.

This is a universal comment on death and dying.

Joan from United States

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: Dirge Without Music
Added: Feb 21 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jan 6 2009

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