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Analysis and comments on Sonnet 02: Time Does Not Bring Relief; You All Have Lied by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Comment 7 of 27, added on March 22nd, 2011 at 11:45 PM.
About the poem

Firstly,Edna creates here the major theme:time. It is true that we forget
about him/her with the passing of time. But it remains forever. Recently i
have lost my grandfather. He was very close to me. But i know,he will be in
my mind,my heart ever & forever. I have read this poem. I like it.

Moumi chatterjee from India
Comment 6 of 27, added on May 31st, 2009 at 7:38 PM.

I first discoverd this poem a few months after my dearly loved husband of
28 years left me for another woman. I had recorded a programme about poetry
and there it was. I remember playing and replaying the programme until I
had the poem by heart... how sad am I! 8 yaers later I am still lonely and
this poem still talks to me. I don't think it's about death as others do,
but that's my opinion and if this sonnet sums up how desolate you feel as
it does for me then that's good. Would that I had never been able to
understand the feelings it conveys!

Julie Flisher from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 27, added on April 18th, 2008 at 3:01 PM.

Really , it`s wonderful poem .It expresses our emotions when we loose
someone.I like it .

Reem from Palestine
Comment 4 of 27, added on June 10th, 2007 at 7:02 PM.

this poem makes me want to poop all over the place!!!

franz haroldson from Australia
Comment 3 of 27, added on November 16th, 2005 at 10:22 AM.

When my husband first died I became obsessed with wanting time to fly so
the pain I felt would stop, but what I now realize is the longer you go
without seeing a loved one the more you ache for their presence.
That's exactly what this poem is saying - that even avoiding things you've
shared doesn't help because his absence is preset everywhere. This poem is
equal to Huxley's "Stop all the clocks" for a powerful description of loss
and the conviction that "nothing now can come to any good".

Merle Amodeo from Canada
Comment 2 of 27, added on October 22nd, 2004 at 4:24 AM.

At last I have found the words to express my anger (anguish)when a
well-meaning acquaintance says time will heal the pain of losing my son. 2
years later the pain is still so intense that it is better not to think of
him at all! How I long to show this wonderful
poem to those people! Especially the line "And entering with relief some
quiet place Where never fell his foot or shone his face -----And so stand
stricken, so remembering him!"

stella lockyer from United Kingdom
Comment 1 of 27, added on September 26th, 2004 at 10:42 AM.

I loved this poem. I felt the pain and sorrow that this author put into
this. To remember something you wish not to can hurt a lot.

Chazlynn from United States

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Information about Sonnet 02: Time Does Not Bring Relief; You All Have Lied

Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: 2. Sonnet 02: Time Does Not Bring Relief; You All Have Lied
Volume: Renascence and Other Poems
- Sonnets
Year: 1917
Added: Feb 21 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jun 18 2012


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