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

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Comment 12 of 82, added on March 9th, 2012 at 2:27 AM.
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Comment 11 of 82, added on April 1st, 2009 at 3:42 PM.

I to have the same problem, Shilo. I was assigned to dig deep and find the
true meaning behind those words, but i have failed to complete this task.
If anyone can help please contact me at Cjsqueegie@aol.com. Thank you.

Julie from United States
Comment 10 of 82, added on June 1st, 2007 at 1:16 AM.

"A poem should not mean but be"
Archibald MacLeish

Lesli from Canada
Comment 9 of 82, 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
Comment 8 of 82, added on January 15th, 2006 at 2:16 PM.

"Why is Fatal Interview NOT on this site?"

is what I intended to inquire.


Jenni
Comment 7 of 82, added on January 4th, 2006 at 7:42 PM.

Karli is correct.
As quoted here from
http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/m_r/millay/millay_life.htm:

"He (Boissevain) catered to her whims and even condoned her having an
occasional lover. One, George Dillon, who was fourteen years her junior and
whom she met in 1928 while giving a reading at the University of Chicago,
inspired Fatal Interview (1931), a 52-sonnet sequence. In one sonnet she
snarls: "Love me no more, now let the god depart, / If love be grown so
bitter to your tongue!"

So, this definitely is not Fatal Interview as it does not consist of 52
sonnets and does not contain the above text.

However...why is a copy of the TRUE Fatal Interview on this site?

Jenni from United States
Comment 6 of 82, added on December 12th, 2005 at 12:13 PM.

Why do you think that the title of this poem is Fatal Interview? Nowhere
does it say that that is the real title, not to mention, Well, I Have Lost
You is in the literature book in my hand titled Well, I Have Lost You, and
that that is what it is titled EVERYWHERE from the internet to the actual
book. You my friend, are wrong.

Karli from United States
Comment 5 of 82, added on September 8th, 2005 at 10:41 PM.

The poem is a confession that she might have said or done something that
would have pulled her headstrong loved one away from a path of potential
destruction. She is dealing with the guilt and reccognition that {her}
paths not taken might have resulted in the person making a different choice
resulting in a possible extension of life. But, yet, she knowingly chose to
live honestly and chose to claim the genuine authinicity of relationship
between the partnership. She is greiving for the loss of what might have
been but acknowledging the "what might have been" would only have been for
a season. And is that worth the sacrifice of integrity of a relationship?
In the concclusion, although the regret, loss, and pain is crippling,
humans survive. The person who was lost made the choice that is consistent
with his sense of self and so the relationship remained intact and she
says, "shall have only good to say of you."

LAH from United States
Comment 4 of 82, added on August 30th, 2005 at 6:25 PM.

In lit last year, we had to evaluate poetry. I chose this poem. The meaning
I have gathered from this poem is that if you love someone you'll let them
go. It's about someone who had to give up someone at the expense of their
happiness for the happiness of the other person.

Mirandi from United States
Comment 3 of 82, added on June 15th, 2005 at 8:07 PM.

The name of this poem is NOT Well I have lost you. The title is Fatal
Interview, with a roman numeral after it.


Elaine Berrian from United States

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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
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