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The Mill

I first encountered this poem as a senior in an English Literature class in
high school in 1962. I credit that class, and especially the work I did
with this poem...in particular the work I did with the word "long" with my
current interest in the contemplative practice of Lectio Divina. I did not
get the impression that the wife committed suicide, but that she certainly
contemplated it by reasoning in the dark.

Donna Lenahan
Comment 3 of 12, added on November 10th, 2009 at 4:31 PM.

This poignant poem gives one insight into the hardships Americans faced
during the Industrial Revolution.
I find it a bit disturbing and disappointing that you, Malcolm, believe
suicide to be an act of courage. It is, in fact, quite the reverse. In my
eyes, I believe the Miller and anyone who committs suicide is a coward
because they choose to quit on life. They are selfish as well because they
do not take into consideration who their death might drastically effect.
All I can say is that I will pray for you, Malcolm, that you may find peace
in life with God. Suicide is cowardice at its worst. Surely you are not
that.

brooke from United States

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: The Mill
Added: Feb 4 2004
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Poem of the Day: Nov 23 2000


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