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This site exists for one purpose only: to help dispel the ugly and absolutely untrue myth that poetry is boring. Granted, a lot of poetry is boring, but you won't find it here. At Your Daily Poem, you'll find poetry that is touching, funny, provocative, inspiring, uplifting, and surprising. It may punch you in the gut, it may bring tears to your eyes, it may make you laugh out loud, but it most assuredly will not bore you!

Poetry on YDP—by poets living and long dead, famous to completely unknown--is specially selected for accessibility and appeal. Thanks so much for visiting—and remember: a poem a day keeps the doldrums away!


 



First Fig
by
Edna St. Vincent Millay

My candle burns at both ends; 
I
t will not last the night; 
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends-- 
It gives a lovely light!


This poem is in the public domain
.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950) was a poet and playwright and the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. She began publishing poems while still in high school and earned a full scholarship to Vassar based largely on a single poem, called "Renascence." Part of a prominent group of artists and writers who lived in Greenwich Village, Millay was as famous for her bohemian lifestyle as for her writing. She spent the last half of her life entertaining fellow artists with her husband at Steepletop, their pastoral New York estate, which is now a National Historic Landmark.

 



Post New Comment:
jtmilford:
Just great poetry.
Posted 06/17/2014 01:35 PM
rcstewart3:
I never knew her title to that poem. Interesting! Renascence is my all-time favorite poetic work...a remarkable poem!
Posted 06/16/2014 10:01 AM
paradea:
My sister recites this when she is especially harried. I've always loved this poem.
Posted 06/16/2014 07:12 AM
TheSilverOne:
This poem has come to mind so many times in my life..it becomes personal for many, I'm sure.
Posted 06/15/2014 11:19 PM
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