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Analysis and comments on Well, I Have Lost You by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Comment 10 of 308, added on June 1st, 2007 at 1:16 AM.

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Comment 9 of 308, added on March 15th, 2006 at 3:28 AM.

This poem should resonate with anyone who has felt something regretfully
come to an end.

Those incredible lines "kings in a tumbrel rarely
Went to their deaths as proud as this one went", Kings going to execution
could not have had more pride than she.

If you know anything of Edna st Vincent's proud/aloof/detatched character
[a king's] you can see how she attempted to meet this ending [for her a
true internal death/loss] with some semblance of dignity and 'self
preservation'.

Indeed she does somehow "in her own way" by giving her "full consent"- she
is trying to reduce the injury to her pride.

Asserting the natural freedom in them both,she states "I was not one for
keeping rubbed to a cage a wing that would be free" she would not hold to a
'love' that could not be contained or had.

Reflecting that if her feelings were more shallow "If I had loved you less,
or played you slyly" she would have been able to go on falsely and conceal
her real state or feelings.But at the cost of truth or "words I value
highly" adding that such a charade would bear no resemblance to a purer
time or "summer before".

She survives her loss to say that "Day dried my eyes" and goes on to
suggest that she might "outlive this" that after all "men do".Here she is
attempting to have the last word and is both wounded and defiant.

At the end of the poem this sense of self preservation she remarks will
allow no bitterness,it will leave only good things "to say of you".

Kaatrien from Australia

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Information about Well, I Have Lost You

Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: Well, I Have Lost You
Volume: Collected Poems, Harper & Row
Year: 1931
Added: May 7 2003
Viewed: 160 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 4 2016


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