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WVFC Poetry Friday: Edna St. Vincent Millay

May 22, 2009


The first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, Edna St. Vincent Millay published her first book in 1917 — the year she graduated Vassar College and moved to Greenwich Village, just as the United States entry into World War I began. For the next 40 years, Millay was an integral part of the Village scene, gaining renown for her formal rigor in the “Objectivist” school and for the clarity and passion of her ideas. While World War II tested Millay’s pacifism, she never regretted writing the poem below, which you will hear recited at some Memorial Day observances this weekend.

Read her fierce poem, “Conscientious Objector”, Women’s Voices For Change.

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