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Edna St. Vincent Millay - Prayer To Persephone

Be to her, Persephone,
All the things I might not be:
Take her head upon your knee.
She that was so proud and wild,
Flippant, arrogant and free,
She that had no need of me,
Is a little lonely child
Lost in Hell,—Persephone,
Take her head upon your knee:
Say to her, "My dear, my dear,
It is not so dreadful here."

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: Prayer To Persephone

Comment 6 of 6, added on July 18th, 2014 at 1:39 PM.
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Comment 5 of 6, added on September 21st, 2007 at 10:01 AM.

This poem is a fragment of a larger work, "Memorial to D.C." There are six poems in the work, an introduction and five others, each addressing a tradition of honoring and mourning the dead. There is an epitaph, a prayer {this poem}, a chorus, a dirge, and an elegy. In each of the poems, Millay puts forth admiration for the talents, the beauty, and the grace of the dead girl, but she also describes her as vain, superficial, and haughty. And thus, because Millay is honest in sharing her complete assessment of D.C., however ambivalent, we know her feelings of grief are genuine. The intensity of Millay's loss reverberates throughout the series of poems.

Terry Tryon from United States
Comment 4 of 6, added on March 29th, 2006 at 10:54 AM.

I love abi...abi is my life. I think i'll read this at our wedding...i sneeze too much

Will Craig from Georgia, Republic of

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