AND if I loved you Wednesday,
Well, what is that to you?
I do not love you Thursday­
So much is true.

And why you come complaining
Is more than I can see.
I loved you Wednesday,­ yes ­but what
Is that to me?

Analysis, meaning and summary of Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem Thursday


  1. Joy says:

    I agree with that comment. However, Millay was quite the actress, and you’d think that after a while her lovers would catch on and realize that they were merely conquests.

  2. coleen says:

    She speaks of love as if it is merely an action with no feeling. Millay says, “And what if I loved you Wednesday, / Well, what is that to you?” (Millay 23). Her heart must be extremely cold considering what her life has been like. Jumping from bed to bed, any normal person would get exhausted of that life. Millay seems to say in this poem that she doesn’t care about the people she sleeps with. She says, “And why you come complaining…” (Millay 23). The men in her life are probably weary of her running around from man to man as well. Even her former lover Dell wanted her to change her ways, but Millay refused. She did not want anyone to have control or power over her life. Her promiscuity empowered her, or she thought. Millay felt that if she had the say so with the men in her life, that she was in control. You would have to think that somewhere deep inside Millay wanted to change, to have a strong mogonomus relationship.

    • Roo Sawyer says:

      yeah no, absolutely wrong. she wanted to live the unconventional life and get away from the awful pressures of marriage. not every woman needs a man in her life, she wants to live her life, and she did so how she thought fit

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