Analysis Of The Ballad Of The Harper Weaver, By Edna St. Vincent Millay

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A poet who explored the effect grief has on people like Sheehan, was Edna St. Vincent Millay. She was a poet from Rockland, Maine. She was born on February 22, 1892 into a very female-powerful home. Her mother asked her father to leave the home and encouraged her daughters to be ambitious and self sufficient. Millay got a scholarship to Vassar for her poem “Renascence” where she wrote even more poetry. The same year she graduated, 1917, she published her first book, Renascence and Other Poems. After she graduated she moved to New York City’s Greenwich Village where she lived in a nine-foot-wide attic and would take every opportunity to write and edit possible. Similarly to many of the other writers in her area, they were all very poor but content with their lives. In 1923 her fourth volume of poems called The Ballad of the Harper-Weaver was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She married Eugen Boissevain, a feminist and widower. Millay actually happened to be openly bisexual which was shown in her poems, so naturally the couple 's marriage was “sexually open”. She died in 1950 ("Edna St. Vincent Millay") Millay was one of the most skillful sonnet writers in the twentieth century, and was capable of combining modernist attitudes with traditional forms which created quite different poetry. She held such a deep reverence for life, and was known for her progressive political stances. Not only were her writing inspired by her feminist views, but by nature. Because she grew up on the…

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