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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Mature Love Poetry

Lucy has a recent posting about mature love poetry. This inspired me to re-visit one of my favourite poets, Edna St Vincent Millay. I have a great love of most of her work, but Lucy's post brought to mind one (amongst many) of Edna's exquisite sonnets. Here she uses the third of the Greek Fates, Atropos, who cuts the thread of life, to make her point.

"I pray you if you love me, bear my joy
A little while, or let me weep your tears;
I, too, have seen the quavering Fate destroy
Your destiny's bright spinning - the dull shears
Meeting not neatly, chewing at the thread, -
Nor can you well be less aware how fine,
How staunch as wire, and how unwarranted
Endures the golden fortune that is mine.
I pray you for this day at least, my dear
Fare by my side, that journey in the sun;
Else must I turn me from the blossoming year
And walk in grief the way that you have gone.
Let us go forth together to the spring:
Love must be this, if it be anything."

Appropriate, as Spring approaches here in the Northern hemisphere.


herhimnbryn said...

Well, yes. Edna of course.

Barrett Bonden said...

I particularly liked "... the dull shears/Meeting not neatly, chewing at the thread..." recalling my very early post about Carborundum.

Vita said...

Yikes. I think this awfully grim. I suppose Edna was proud of herself for her cleverness, and you must like it.

Avus said...

One of my favourites, Vita! (Still, I also enjoy Tennyson's "In Memoriam", so I guess that says something about me)

One person who has taken the hard knocks in life recognizes and is attracted to a kindred soul and realizes that, together, they can make it. I think the last two lines are among the most uplifting I know.

Lucy said...

I don't think it's grim at all, and I also love that blunt scissor image, which seems quite strange in a poem of the time.

Thanks for the response, Avus, and for bringing this to my attention.

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