Time Does Not Bring Relief By Edna St. Vincent Milley

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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 …show more content…
In the poem she writes about the issue that time, in the narrator 's view, does not heal the pain felt from the death of a loved one. The narrator in the sonnet feels that people have lied in saying that time heals all. The narrator in the poem communicates that she misses her husband tremendously and that she misses him in "the weeping of the rain; " (3). She misses him as she continues to experience many events and situations in life; she misses her lover in all of her day-to-day living, much like Rocky in Lost & Found misses Bob. The narrator in the poem is constantly being reminded with memories and old thought of her lover and is becoming emotionally and mentally worn because of how painful the memories are. What is especially painful for the narrator is that there are so many places where she won 't go because the memories of her lover are so painfully strong, so instead she seeks out places where she won’t be reminded of him, seeking "with relief some quiet place" (11). Although, when she does visit a place that her lover never visited she ponders the fact that he never ever came to this place which makes memories of him arise and provides pain for the narrator. She references time through mention of place (“snow melts from the mountainside” (5), a reference to winter moving to spring, “and last year 's leaves are smoke” (6), a reference to clean-up), but her thoughts and emotions remain …show more content…
The idea of the poem is talking about a person who measure 's people grief in order to realize that she 's not alone. The narrator wonders “if it weighs like mine—or has an easier size.” (1-4). Dickinson uses the comparison of weight to intensity to measure the grief, so the narrator is measuring the intensity of the grief the person is experiencing. Every time the speaker weighs the grief, she finds that hers is stronger. The tone of the poem is sad and hopelessness. The narrator talks about people who seem to get over their grief. She 's kind of skeptical about this, and she suggests that they are most likely faking it. Then speaker starts to list some of the causes of grief. Some people are grieving the death of a loved one, some are sad because they want something they don 't have. The act of noticing that someone else is sad seems comfort her and make her feel better, which is part of the theme of the

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