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Edna St. Vincent Millay - The Philosopher

And what are you that, wanting you,
I should be kept awake
As many nights as there are days
With weeping for your sake?

And what are you that, missing you,
As many days as crawl
I should be listening to the wind
And looking at the wall?

I know a man that's a braver man
And twenty men as kind,
And what are you, that you should be
The one man in my mind?

Yet women's ways are witless ways,
As any sage will tell,—
And what am I, that I should love
So wisely and so well?

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: The Philosopher

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Comment 1 of 3, added on May 24th, 2007 at 10:23 PM.

In “The Philosopher” Edna Vincent Millay speculates about a man, and her intuitions regarding her bivalence and ambivalence desires for a man. This evidently results in insomnia and grief.
“I know a man that’s a braver man“, this line might mean that there is one man better and braver than the one she‘s debating about. With this line she might mean her father or a particular lover.
“And twenty men as kind” The opportunity of knowing many others like him or his kind are bountiful. What distinguishes a man from another? If they’re all the same, why bother with this one in particular? I would ponder the same dilemma. In fact, I do.
“And what are you, that you should be”. Why is he so special and more or above all others? What sets him apart from the others. What can she contemplate about this man that would entice and spark interest amongst the rest from those that she has loved and cherished and shared.
“The one man in my mind”. It’s a wonderment as to why she can not get this person away from her thoughts. Why can’t she get this one out of her head or focus? Her occupation of this man obviously disturbs her, and is intrigued by the uninhibited feelings that she can’t get enough of him.

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