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Edna St. Vincent Millay - First Fig

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light.

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: First Fig

Comment 12 of 12, added on August 1st, 2014 at 4:46 PM.

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Comment 11 of 12, added on July 18th, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

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Comment 10 of 12, added on March 11th, 2011 at 12:47 AM.
First Fig

There is perhaps another perspective worth considering. Is this poem truly intended to be a celebration of a life that burns brightly for friend and foe to see; albeit moving much too quickly toward an end. Or Perhaps, it may that she is revealing her angst concerning the brevity of life and the impending darkenss of the unknown (death). A darkness that would appear even darker when the brighter light of a candle burning at both ends has been spent. In her day, when you retired for the night and blew out the candle, you were enveloped by the darkness of your room, a disquieting moment prior to falling away into sleep. Most poets, e.g. Frost, Sanburg, etc. place as much emphasis on the brevity and ending of life as they do the living of life. I feel a certain degree of angst, when reading this poem and that may be its intent; her actual purpose in penning it!

Dave from United States

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