Ashes of Life

By Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892–1950
Love has gone and left me and the days are all alike;
      Eat I must, and sleep I will, — and would that night were here!
But ah! — to lie awake and hear the slow hours strike!
      Would that it were day again! — with twilight near!

Love has gone and left me and I don't know what to do;
      This or that or what you will is all the same to me;
But all the things that I begin I leave before I'm through, —
      There's little use in anything as far as I can see.

Love has gone and left me, — and the neighbors knock and borrow,
      And life goes on forever like the gnawing of a mouse, —
And to-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow
      There's this little street and this little house.

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Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892–1950

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Relationships, Love, Disappointment & Failure, Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Classic Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Heartache & Loss

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 Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Throughout much of her career, Pulitzer Prize-winner Edna St. Vincent Millay was one of the most successful and respected poets in America. She is noted for both her dramatic works, including Aria da capo, The Lamp and the Bell, and the libretto composed for an opera, The King’s Henchman, and for such lyric verses as “Renascence” and the poems found in the collections A Few Figs From Thistles, Second April, and The Ballad of the . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Disappointment & Failure, Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Classic Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Heartache & Loss

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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