Being Young and Green, I said in love’s despite:
Never in the world will I to living wight
Give over, air my mind
To anyone,
Hang out its ancient secrets in the strong wind
To be shredded and faded—

Oh, me, invaded
And sacked by the wind and the sun!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem Being Young And Green

2 Comments

  1. Katie says:

    If you learn about Millay you will appreciate this poem.

    Her personality is so evident in it,it just embodies her spirit,a contradiction – a deeply sensitive woman with a hard as nails character.

    She begins stating her naivety she is “young and green” a beginner.

    You can almost hear her head up saying “Never in the world will I to living wight give over, air my mind To anyone”

    She’d never bend to vunerablity,her youthful defiance to bring herself out to be judged and juried by anyone.Her naivety allows her to estimate her own value.

    “Hang out its ancient secrets in the strong wind
    To be shredded and faded—”

    She emphasises the sacredness of her secrets,the importance of them to her,what criticism may do to things she prized.

    “Oh, me, invaded
    And sacked by the wind and the sun!”

    But in the end she has no choice she is forced into letting others be juror to her value and is naive no longer.

    I think poem refers to both herself and her poetry.

    Oh, me, invaded

  2. Teddy says:

    Wow! Thats really a great poem…..congrats on being poem of the day!

    Bye.
    Oh yeah….how do you put one of your poems on the site??? Becausse i really want to.

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