Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet and playwright, was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

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A native of Maine, Millay earned her first award for poetry in 1912 with her poem “Renaescence,” a lyric poem which continues to be one of her most popular poems to this day. Millay is also well-known as a innovator of the sonnet form, and many of her sonnets express modern concerns of life and love within the five-century old poetic form.

Millay graduated from Vassar and then lived many years in Greenwich Village; her plays were performed often in New York City. She was as famous for her relationships, with both men and women, as for her writing, and her work often expresses a woman’s struggle between disinterest and passion. In 1923, Millay married the lawyer Eugen Jan Boissevain, and the two bought a farm in Maine. However, their relationship was an open one, with both taking lovers throughout their lives. Millay was found dead at the bottom of a flight of steps in 1950, a year after her husband’s death.

–Christie Finn and Miriam Lewin

Photo Credit: Carl Van Vechten, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

By By Nancy Milford

The Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Collected Sonnets

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John Hollander

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Afternoon on a Hill

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Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

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William Penn

Theodore Roethke

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Huntsman, What Quarry?

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Huntsman, What Quarry?

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I shall forget you

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I Will Breathe a Mountain

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Souvenir

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The Betrothal

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Song Collection: Wasting the Night

The Buck in the Snow

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Song Collection: Huntsman, What Quarry?

The Return from Town

H. Leslie Adams

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The Road to Avrillé

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Song Collection: Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Spring and the Fall

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Song Collection: A Horse With Wings

Theme In Yellow

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Juliana Hall

Robert Frost

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Carl Sandburg

Thursday

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Song Collection: Wasting the Night

Time does not bring relief

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Song Collection: Wasting the Night

To a Young Poet

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Song Collection: Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

To One Who Might Have Born a Message

Richard Pearson Thomas

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Song Collection: Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Wasting the Night

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Scott Wheeler

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What lips my lips have kissed...

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Song Collection: Love is not all...

When we are old...

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Love is not all...

Wild Swans

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Song Collection: Five Millay Songs

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    A Horse With Wings

    Composer(s): Ricky Ian Gordon

    Song(s): Once I Was
    Sweet Song
    Afternoon on a Hill
    My Sister's New Red Hat
    A Horse with Wings
    Air
    Poem (Lana Turner has Collapsed)
    The Lake Isle of Innisfree
    The Spring and the Fall
    Souvenir
    Coyotes
    The Red Dress
    What Shall We Remember?
    Will There Really Be a Morning?
    Sycamore Trees
    Fewer Words
    The Special Picnic
    Janet Underneath the Roses
    I am a Cherry Alive
    An Old-Fashioned Song
    White Haired Woman

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    "Afternoon on a Hill"

    Composer(s): Arthur Farwell

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    Collected Songs Volumes (Musto)

    Composer(s): John Musto

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    Collected Songs Volumes (Musto)

    Composer(s): John Musto

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    Evidence of Things Not Seen

    Composer(s): Ned Rorem

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    I Will Breathe a Mountain

    Composer(s): William Bolcom

    Song(s): 1. Pity Me Not Because the Light of Day
    2. How To Swing Those Obbligatos Around
    3. The Crazy Woman
    4. Just Once Text: Anne Sexton
    5. Never More Will The Wind
    6. The Sage Text: Denise Levertov
    7. O To Be a Dragon
    8. The Bustle in a House
    9. I Saw Eternity
    10. Night Practice
    11. The Fish

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    Music of Jake Heggie

    Composer(s): Jake Heggie

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    Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

    Composer(s): Richard Pearson Thomas

    Voice Type: Soprano

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    Songfest

    Composer(s): Leonard Bernstein

    Song(s): 1. The Pennycandystore Beyond The El
    2. A Julia de Burgos
    3. To What You Said
    4. Music I Heard With You
    5. Zizi's Lament
    6. Sonnet: What Lips My Lips Have Kissed...

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    Song(s): 1. Thursday 2. Recuerdo 3. I shall forget you 4. Time does not bring relief 5. The Betrothal

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    Composer(s): John Duke

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