A number of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sonnets overturn the expected romantic sensibility expected of the poetic tradition as a vehicle of expressing love and erotic relationships. Using no more than two poems, examine how she uses this very traditional…

(Continuation of ‘quesion’ above): form to embody a modern understanding/conceptualization of love.


This assignment must be responded to in essay format, with a title included.

It is to be no less than 3 paragraphs; each with an assertion, explanation, and reaction/analysis.

Do not use first-person narrative and adhere to the literary present tense.

Provide in-text citations from the Edna St. Vincent Millay Selected Poems Perennial Classics Anthology, under ISBN #:  0-06-093168-X, if necessary.


You can use any two of the following Millay sonnets:


1) “Time does not bring relief; you all have lied.”

2) “If I should learn, in some quite casual way.”

3) “I think I should have loved you presently.”

4) ” I shall forget you presently, my dear.”


5) “Pity me not because the light of day.”
6) “I, being born a woman and distressed.”

7) “What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why


8) “Whereas at morning in a jeweled crown.”

9) “Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink.”

10) “Hearing your words, and not a word among them.”

11) “Love me no more, now let the good depart.”


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