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

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Comment 10 of 30, added on September 5th, 2013 at 9:12 PM.
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Comment 9 of 30, 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
platitutes.

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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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
resigned."

Dan from United States
Comment 5 of 30, added on August 6th, 2005 at 8:44 PM.

This is a universal comment on death and dying.

Joan from United States
Comment 4 of 30, added on June 25th, 2005 at 4:12 AM.

it is interesting to see the political interpretation given by Je. This has
made me re-read the poem.
For me it has always been a helpful poem in grief, because it acknowledges
the anger, and sense of unfairness that life must end. I do not approve,
and I am not resigned.

Jackie Taylor from United Kingdom
Comment 3 of 30, added on March 14th, 2005 at 7:25 PM.

This has been one of my favorite poems since I first read it 15 years ago.
It's relevance in today's political climate is unmistakable and it strikes
me as the perfect poem to honor our fallen heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jen from United States
Comment 2 of 30, added on March 4th, 2005 at 6:59 AM.

This is a most wonderful poem!

Toni from United States
Comment 1 of 30, added on December 16th, 2004 at 11:41 AM.

This poem is an excellent but often overlooked love letter for the dead or
dying. I plan on having the last line engraved on my marker. Please see
my personal webpage for an anaylsis of the poem and of Vincent's lives.

Tiffany 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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