Collected Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Collected Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Collected Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Collected Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay

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I have omitted from this collection several pieces in sonnet form which were not designed to be read as separate sonnets, and which apart from their context would not be fully understood. From Conversation at Midnight -- where the passages in sonnet form were written not as independent sonnets but as speeches in a play, dependent for clarity upon the matter preceding them -- nothing is included here. For a similar reason I have omitted from Huntsman, What Quarry? the short sequence, "From a Town in a State of Siege"; and from Make Bright the Arrows, seven of the nine sonnets which conclude the volume.

Two sonnets, both previously published in magazine form, but neither of them, through oversight, hitherto published in any volume of my poems, are included here. The first of these, beginning with the line, I do but ask that you be always fair," appears in this collection as the opening sonnet of the group from A Few Figs from Thistles; the second, beginning, "Not only love plus awful grief," is part of the Huntsman, What Quarry? group.

Some time ago, while looking through the pages of an old workbook, I came upon one poem which I remembered vividly: the first sonnet I ever wrote. This, although it was writ-

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