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Analysis and comments on The Ballad Of The Harp-Weaver by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Comment 8 of 78, added on February 3rd, 2006 at 9:58 PM.

I became familiar with this poem through forensics during the 70's. I often
wondered what Ms. Millay was smoking when she wrote it. It is so creepy it
makes me laugh.

N. Wisniewski from United States
Comment 7 of 78, added on October 8th, 2005 at 10:52 AM.

I learned of this poem from master magician and seance artist Eugene
Burger's book, Spirit Theater, although I think he recites a slightly
edited version of it. I am using it (EB's edit) in my own macabre piece of
dark theatrical magic, as a segue into the dark sequence (when the lights
go out and really weird stuff begins) It never seems to fail to get a
reaction! Thanks Edna!

Jay Lee from United States
Comment 6 of 78, added on September 23rd, 2005 at 11:53 AM.

Johnny Cash did a touching recitation of it on Feb 24 1962 in a Louisiana
Hayride broadcast and is on a CD
called Johnny Cash Live Recordings from the Louisiana
Hayride. I knew later he was a great folklorist but didn't know a poor
Arkansas guitar picker would have
the early depth he did.- I had never heard the Ballad
of the Harp Weaver til I bought this CD and did this google search after.
Somehow you just know when you have the real thing like this poem. It
immediately grabbed me and would have grabbed even a rural listener/ on
Scene Records 2003

Mike from Canada
Comment 5 of 78, added on June 14th, 2005 at 6:43 AM.

I discovered The Ballad Of The Harp-Weaver in my American Literature
course in 1942-43. Our teacher, Miss Long, interpreted it well as she was a
trained actress. Her students learned to love the poetry that she
dramatically performed. I now still appreciate the mittens knitted for me
by a poor neighbor lady who in this way paid me for shoveling snow off her
sidewalls and carrying in coal for her little stove. Later in life I
acquired the vinyl tape recording made by Edna St. Vincent Millay herself.
The pathos of the poem has touched me through the years every time I hear
it. How profoundly a motherly love can be manifested in the way she clothes
her child.

John R. Gallup from Canada
Comment 4 of 78, added on June 2nd, 2005 at 8:56 PM.

Am so glad to find this poem.I forgot the Author and
wanted to read it again .I first read it in English class years ago, I feel
better now. Thank You


n jimison from United States
Comment 3 of 78, added on May 9th, 2005 at 9:53 PM.

This is a classic tale. Depressing in its simplistic description of a
mother's love for her son. I see to it every new mother of a boy-child I
know gets a copy.

J Prine from United States
Comment 2 of 78, added on October 20th, 2004 at 6:41 PM.

We were very poor and my father had left my mother and us. She used to
recite this poem when we were going to sleep. I still recite it in my mind
at night. It helps to relax me and help me to sleep. Through the years I've
forgotton some of the lines. Thank you for posting it on your website.

Jeanne Finn from United States
Comment 1 of 78, added on October 14th, 2004 at 2:38 PM.

I used to recite this poem in competitions and at holiday banquets. Is it
still recited widely. I picked it up at a high school forensics competition
in the early 60's. Inspirational in spite of the grief and poverty; the
lightness of the merry verses of the mother & child are delightful in the
midst of strife.
"Love conquers all!"

j evans from United States

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: The Ballad Of The Harp-Weaver
Added: Feb 21 2003
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