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Author: poem of Edna St. Vincent Millay Type: poem Views: 5

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To what purpose, April, do you return again?

Beauty is not enough.

You can no longer quiet me with the redness

Of little leaves opening stickily.

I know what I know.

The sun is hot on my neck as I observe

The spikes of the crocus.

The smell of the earth is good.

It is apparent that there is no death.

But what does that signify?

Not only under ground are the brains of men

Eaten by maggots.

Life in itself

Is nothing,

An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs.

It is not enough that yearly, down this hill,


Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers


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| Posted on 2014-01-24 | by a guest

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In the poem Spring by Edna St. Vincent Millay, the speaker questions the return of the month April. They are dissatisfied with the renewal of life and question the reason for this renewals occurrence. As well, the speaker contemplates reason of life and states that it is not enough that life merely occurs. In addition to that, I believe that the poet also is trying to convey that it is not enough to let ones life merely move one day to day, one must be motivated is make their life theirs by taking control and filling their life with what they want. As well, while reading this poem, I felt enlightened. It put me in a philosophical mood. However, the poets tone was quite critical and full of discontent, as if something was irking them. In order to convey these messages more clearly, the poet utilized symbolism, shifting between literal language and figurative language, and utilizing a unique diction.
Symbolism is a crucial part of this poem. It is used through out much of the poem. In the beginning, in the third and fourth line, the poet symbolized life with the redness of little leaves opening stickily. The redness symbolized life because red is associated with life. The next usage of symbolism was in the seventh line. The spikes of the crocus referred to a flower called the crocus. The crocus was often the first of the spring flowers to bloom so it is a symbol of the return or rebirth of life in spring. The spikes (of the crocus) represent the pains of rebirth. This would be especially fitting since the line before said The sun is hot on my neck as I observe. With both lines combined, this could be interpreted as the poet observing the pains of life. Later in the poem, in line eleven, under ground are the brains of men symbolizes the downfall of human knowledge since the brain is associated with intelligence and underground can be taken literally as lower that dirt. Hence, this can be translated into the statement: Not only is mans intelligence lower than dirt. The poet, in my opinion, is stating that today, men are no longer knowledgeable. And then the line after that, the twelfth line, Eaten by maggots. further emphasizes this. Finally, at the end of the poem in lines thirteen to sixteen, the poet refers to life in itself as nothing and An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs. In symbolic meaning, the poet meant that life by itself is nothing. It is empty, just like an empty cup. The flight of uncarpeted stairs can be interpreted as a life yet to be lived. The stairs would represent life since living life is like walking a path. The fact that it is uncarpeted means it has not been customized to someones preferences. If it were to be a carpeted flight of stairs, it would have meant that someone changed it to their liking. By referring to life as a flight of uncarpeted stairs, the poet is telling the reader to live their life the way the want it to be (to carpet the stairs their way). This can also be interpreted from the empty cup (to fill the cup with what one wishes). This symbolism, along with other literary devices, brings out the poets message in a very powerful manner.
Through out this poem, the poet constantly uses both literal language and figurative language. Sometimes, the literal and figurative meanings of the lines both apply. To start off, in the third and fourth line, the symbolic of the word redness meaning is applied. Then, in lines six to eight, both the literal and figurative meaning can apply. With the literal meaning, the poet is describing herself observing springtime scene. With the figurative interpretation, the poet could be depicting her observation of the pains of rebirth. After these lines, mainly figurative language is used. In line eleven, Not only under ground are the brains of men is used figuratively. Line fifteen is also used in this way as well. An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs is a very important figurative line in this poem. It is a central part of the main message that the poet wishes to convey as I have explained before. Finally, in the last line, the month April is being compared figuratively, with the use of a simile along with personification, to an idiot, babbling and strewing flower. The poet wrote this line to leave the reader with a final message. I interpret this message to be: Living life without a purpose or meaning is to live as an idiot. Overall, figurative language and literal language were both applied within the lines to convey the poets message in a vivid, powerful manner.

| Posted on 2012-03-04 | by a guest

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i feel, as a 17 yr old, that this poem paints the picture to the meaing of life as i know it. when i am hit i bruise. i scare in the dark. as is the way of the lord will have it. but to which honour do i possess the abilities to capture such life and observations as the author to this here fine poem. my possession of life doth have me cry aloud for all to hear. hear me. love me. accept me. ex oh ex oh pillow girl.

| Posted on 2011-10-09 | by a guest

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