O world, I cannot hold thee close enough!
Thy winds, thy wide grey skies!
Thy mists, that roll and rise!
Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag
And all but cry with colour! That gaunt crag
To crush! To lift the lean of that black bluff!
World, World, I cannot get thee close enough!

Long have I known a glory in it all,
But never knew I this;
Here such a passion is
As stretcheth me apart,—Lord, I do fear
Thou’st made the world too beautiful this year;
My soul is all but out of me,—let fall
No burning leaf; prithee, let no bird call.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem God’s World


  1. Paige Wallace says:

    i love this poem i could feel what you were saying about the world and i love the way you but all the personification and ryming in it…GREAT JOB!!

  2. gabrielle says:

    gaunt means lean, haggard OR grim or desolate
    and crag means steep or rugged rock

  3. Diana says:

    i have a question that involves the poem God’s World. why is the 4 lines indented compared to the rest of the poem? What does gaunt crag mean?

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