Comment 2 of 2, added on December 19th, 2009 at 10:33 PM.
"Beats the golden bird no more."
I encountered the last couplet of this poem in 1983, shortly after
the suicide of a very close, very dear friend. It fit the situation
and my thoughts perfectly, and when I finally managed to track
the entire poem down, I was amazed at how much my thoughts
and the poet's ran in parallel. This is an amazingly poignant
from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on September 15th, 2005 at 11:09 PM.
I first read this poem as a sophomore in high school and soon after the
death of a precious 16-year-old friend of mine. The poem reminded me so
much of her, the big eyes and slender fingers, and, perhaps especially, her
melodious voice. While the poem offers hope for life beyond the grave, Edna
St. Vincent Millay expresses a sadness concerning the fact that her voice
is forever quieted in death. "All your lovely words are spoken," she
writes. The final two lines are the ones that have haunted me over the
years, however, and have drawn me to this poem once again, nearly forty
years after the death of my friend. I miss her still.
C. Smith from United States