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Author: poem of Edna St. Vincent Millay Type: poem Views: 4

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I drank at every vine.

The last was like the first.

I came upon no wine

So wonderful as thirst.



I gnawed at every root.

I ate of every plant.

I came upon no fruit

So wonderful as want.



Feed the grape and bean

To the vintner and monger:

I will lie down lean

With my thirst and my hunger.






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This poem is an expression of need. Have you ever heard that hunger is the best cook? or that necessity is the mother of invention? In the poem the narrator declares her/his realization of the best spark of quenching desire lies in the need, not the object of consumption or attainment. The poem ends swiftly before exploring love and jealousy or other desires of the body. The narrator chooses to remain where the real desire is. Give a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime, but the best fisherman has hungers that no fish can satisfy. The poem points or waits for God to fill the needs completely, nothing else can.

| Posted on 2016-09-29 | by a guest


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I believe this poem talks about the never ending dissatisfaction in life. No matter how much we try to satisfy ourselves in the end we all end up dissatisfied

| Posted on 2014-08-18 | by a guest


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the poet had drunk at every \"vine\". \"vines\" are creepers which are unedible.But the poet seeks \"wine\" in \"vines\" which is a logical impossibility.she finds no difference among the last and the first, because all are the same for poor people..poverty stricken people has no option.they have to succumb to reality and accept whatever they are given.so after an unsuccessful attempt of finding \"wine\" from \"vines\" she says that thurst was so wonderful.it is an ironical remark to show how she suffered because of her thurst.
in the second stanza the poet sayz \"i gnawed at every root\" where most roots are unedible, resulting her to find no food.she demeans herself to the state of a squirrel/ a rat who gnaws.just like her previous unsuccessful attempt, she ends up fruitlessly.again she adds a cynical remark that need was so wonderful.
in the last stanza we are given an aidea that the poet works for the vintner and monger.she who feeds the plants, has nothing for her in return.so atlast she is exhausted and wearied.
only the rich can feast, while the poor are left only to dream about feasts.they are not provided with the basic neccesities even.

| Posted on 2010-11-19 | by a guest


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the poet had drunk at every \"vine\". \"vines\" are creepers which are unedible.But the poet seeks \"wine\" in \"vines\" which is a logical impossibility.she finds no difference among the last and the first, because all are the same for poor people..poverty stricken people has no option.they have to succumb to reality and accept whatever they are given.so after an unsuccessful attempt of finding \"wine\" from \"vines\" she says that thurst was so wonderful.it is an ironical remark to show how she suffered because of her thurst.
in the second stanza the poet sayz \"i gnawed at every root\" where most roots are unedible, resulting her to find no food.she demeans herself to the state of a squirrel/ a rat who gnaws.just like her previous unsuccessful attempt, she ends up fruitlessly.again she adds a cynical remark that need was so wonderful.
in the last stanza we are given an aidea that the poet works for the vintner and monger.she who feeds the plants, has nothing for her in return.so atlast she is exhausted and wearied.
only the rich can feast, while the poor are left only to dream about feasts.they are not provided with the basic neccesities even.

| Posted on 2010-11-19 | by a guest




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