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Edna St. Vincent Millay - If I Should Learn, In Some Quite Casual Way

IF I should learn, in some quite casual way,  
    That you were gone, not to return again—  
Read from the back-page of a paper, say,  
    Held by a neighbor in a subway train,  
How at the corner of this avenue         
    And such a street (so are the papers filled)  
A hurrying man—who happened to be you—  
    At noon to-day had happened to be killed,  
I should not cry aloud—I could not cry  
    Aloud, or wring my hands in such a place—         
I should but watch the station lights rush by  
    With a more careful interest on my face,  
Or raise my eyes and read with greater care  
Where to store furs and how to treat the hair.

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: If I Should Learn, In Some Quite Casual Way

Comment 2 of 2, added on February 10th, 2012 at 3:59 PM.

Scott Lucas,Iran = Libya? You’re fnieunr than you look.You’re a serial liar and that’s why no one bothers giving you long answers.

Mega from Slovenia
Comment 1 of 2, added on September 26th, 2005 at 9:27 AM.

Again, I am floored by Millay's imagery in her sonnets. She appears on the surface to have a certain cattiness in her poetry. She at once appears hurt and bitter. After reflecting on the poem, one can easily see that the bitter tone of the speaker barely conceals a dreadfully hurt woman who conforms to society's ideas of how she should react or behave in her brokenhearted state.

Amelia Fairley from United States

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