Oh, oh, you will be sorry for that word!
Give me back my book and take my kiss instead.
Was it my enemy or my friend I heard,
“What a big book for such a little head!”
Come, I will show you now my newest hat,
And you may watch me purse my mouth and prink!
Oh, I shall love you still, and all of that.
I never again shall tell you what I think.
I shall be sweet and crafty, soft and sly;
You will not catch me reading any more:
I shall be called a wife to pattern by;
And some day when you knock and push the door,
Some sane day, not too bright and not too stormy,
I shall be gone, and you may whistle for me.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem Oh, Oh, You Will Be Sorry


  1. maria says:

    this poem is sad because that women had to go through demands possibly from a man but satisfying at the same time because she sarcastically said out loud her inner thoughts

  2. Mary Lee says:

    I love this poem for its rebelliousness and for the strength of the narrator. Her outrage is what so many women feel or have felt when they are demeened. I have thought the last line in my head when I was particularly wounded by a patronizing comment or act, and it gave me heart to keep on going.

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