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Analysis and comments on Prayer To Persephone by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Comment 5 of 5, 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 5, 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
Comment 3 of 5, added on October 11th, 2005 at 8:54 PM.

I am not big on poetry, but this has been my favorite poem since I was 14.
It's not just about Millay's friend in particular. It's also about mothers
and daughters, and how as a child gets older, a mother can't protect her
from everything.
Persephone's mother was Demeter, goddess of spring. She was so sad that her
daughter was stolen away to the underworld that she made the world cold and
lifeless for 6 months out of the year.

Isabel from United States
Comment 2 of 5, added on August 7th, 2005 at 11:23 PM.

I would like to feature your poem in a fan fiction about Harry Potter that
I am writing. May I?

Tiffany from United States
Comment 1 of 5, added on April 4th, 2005 at 9:56 AM.

Millay wrote this poem when she was young and as part of a series of poems,
all for a female friend who had died. As you will note, it is a plea for
protection by Persephone - here as the domina of the underworld - for her
friend who is clearly picture as a young girl who seemed, in her earthly
life quite sure of herself but is now in an unknown world and may not have
that same confidence - meaning that before her death it may all have been
an act or just a wish. The lost friend becomes thus a symbol for youth in
itself.

sabine buechers from Germany

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: Prayer To Persephone
Added: Feb 21 2003
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