This Day in the Arts: February 22
February 22 is the anniversary of the birth of Edna St. Vincent Millay, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1923, for poetry. She was born in Rockland, Maine, in 1892.
Remembered as the poetic voice of eternal youth and feminine liberation, her best and most representative themes are bittersweet love, sorrow, the inevitability of change, resignation, death, and ever-abiding nature. She also wrote with wit and sensitivity as in her famous "First Fig" (1920):
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends--
It gives a lovely light!
Millay died in 1950. Find out more and read some of her poems at the Modern American Poetry web site.
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