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Analysis and comments on Travel by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Comment 6 of 66, added on April 2nd, 2007 at 8:16 PM.

I read this poem as adventurous, like she was wanting to get out and she
would go anywhere the train took her

Jean from United States
Comment 5 of 66, added on September 26th, 2005 at 3:31 PM.

One further comment: When my wife and I moved to St. Louis from Oberlin so
that I could do grad. work in Political Science at Washington University I
found an apartment at 5877 Nina Place, St. Louis 12 (pre-zipcode). The
mainline of the Wabash ran in a cutting right behind our apartment. I
could watch many great trains, including The Wabash Cannonball and The
Detroit Limited. We used both trains to get home to Michigan. We got off
at Adrian. But enough! Millay again for sure.

Robert C. Davey from United States
Comment 4 of 66, added on September 26th, 2005 at 3:05 PM.

The mainline of the Michigan Central ran right back of my high school.
Every school day I heard The Wolverine (#17) go to Chicago from New York,
The Michigan (#355) go to Chicago from Detroit. About the time school
dismissed The New York Special (#44) went by from Chicago to New York. You
can hear that train called out in Hitchcock's "North By Northwest." We
cheered when we heard "Jackson" at the Michigan Theatre in the old hometown
(where we still live). So, I like the poem because it's about friends and
trains and wishing I were on my way to the Windy
City rather than in Chemistry Class. One can get rather too deep about
literature! I am posting this from Houston, TX. I came here on what's
left of The Wolverine service and on The Texas Eagle (bus from Longview to
Houston). We live in degraded times! No cinders, no steam, and a BUS to
finish the journey. Good grief!

Robert C. Davey from United States
Comment 3 of 66, added on September 5th, 2005 at 1:40 PM.

I do feel a love of Trains and the sheer magic of Train Travel. I think
the sadness may come from not a lack of personal fulfillment but from
simply missing travelling on the train. Perhaps you have to be a train
travel enthusiast to feel this.

Gordon from United Kingdom
Comment 2 of 66, added on May 24th, 2005 at 5:57 PM.

I've always seen the poem as more hopeful than that--that the narrarator
wants to take every opportunity to follow there dreams, I never saw it as a
sort of resigned, given-up-on-dreams feeling. That's interesting.

Mallory from United States
Comment 1 of 66, added on April 25th, 2005 at 10:06 PM.

This poem always gives me the incredible feeling that the narrator feels as
though they have missed out on their dreams. Now they are stuck, content,
but stuck and their forgotten and missed dreams are manifest in the form of
an imaginary train that never comes.


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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: Travel
Added: Feb 21 2003
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Poem of the Day: May 13 2013

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