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Arts and Entertainment: Introducing Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Anis Ahmed

American Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892 in Rockland, Maine. She graduated from Vassar College in 1917. One of the most popular poets of her era, Millay was admired as much for the bohemian freedom of her youthful lifestyle as for her verse. During the early 1920s she lived in Greenwich Village, New York City, and wrote satiric sketches for Vanity Fair under the pseudonym Nancy Boyd. Renascence, her first volume of poetry, appeared in 1917 and was praised for its freshness and vitality. The Ballad of the Harp Weaver won the Pulitzer Prize in 1922. In 1923 she married Eugen Jan Boissevain, a Dutch coffee importer, and moved to “Steepletop,” a farm near Austerlitz, N.Y. Although her socially conscious later poetry is generally considered inferior to her early work, it exhibits her absolute mastery of the sonnet form. Edna St. Vincent Millay died in 1950.

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