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Analysis and comments on Sonnets 04: Only Until This Cigarette Is Ended by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Comment 2 of 292, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 2:12 PM.

This poem creates lots of strong ideas, that i may or may not have
understood correctly, however poetry is your own interpretaition so i will
procide with what this poem emphasises to me. Sadness battles throughout
this poem comparing the task of a cigarette, to the task of love, comparing
a memory to the short life as the "ashes fall". The amount of symbolism
creates a strong opinion of love not lasting forever. The alliteration
creates a dominiring view on how quickley the happines of the cigarette and
love to the end of what feels like a dream, only a "memory": "dream is
done". I think it is a sad poem that conflicts alot of painful feelings
that some people don't want to face, how ever in reality it may seem as a
dream, to love and to not commit to a relationship and the reality it might
be easy to have an affair: "the sun is set." It is a powerful poem with
many different depths that can be interpreted and can be very thought
provoking

katelin from United Kingdom
Comment 1 of 292, added on September 26th, 2005 at 9:22 AM.

I have always enjoyed the blatant imagery of this poem. As a high school
English teacher, I use it in my classroom to demonstrate visual, auditory,
gustatory, kinaesthetic, etc. imagery to students. For some reason the
sheer cattiness that seems so obvious in first reading Millay's poetry
appeals to my student readers. I try to capitalize on that in an effort to
get them to delve deeper into the speaker's psyche in order to see that the
woman speaker truly does hurt but is perhaps prohibited by social
conventions or prohibits herself from reacting in a manner that would
appear unseemly.

Amelia Fairley from United States

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: Sonnets 04: Only Until This Cigarette Is Ended
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