Analysis Of The Poem ' What Lips My Lips Have Kissed ' Essay

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In Pulitzer prize-winner Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, the speaker reminisces about her past love life along with the happiness and sorrows it has brought her. The speaker is regretting her past, holds aching memories of her youth, and is deeply longing for her adolescence. Within this fourteen-line sonnet, Millay’s adjustments to a traditional sonnet separates this poem from other poetry. In addition with the overall structure of the poem formulated to her advantage in displaying a universal theme, the emotional language allows Millay to illustrate a perspective of love in a context the audience can relate to. Furthermore, Millay applies the literary concept of figurative language to make the sonnet more significant and intricate in order to create an ambience of romance. Through the form of a Petrarchan sonnet, Edna St. Vincent Millay utilizes a unique structural form, emotional language, and figurative language to portray the speaker feeling a sense of loss. Throughout this sonnet, Millay depicts an exclusive form and style by writing in a combination of traditional and untraditional style derived from Italian sonnets. Firstly, Millay writes in a traditional metric a b b a a b b a in the first octave and in the following sestet, the scheme is c d e d c e. This is unique and questionable to the reader as the last couplet does not contain a rhyme. Millay’s decision to structure her sonnet this way reveals the theme greatly as the last two…

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