Second Fig

By Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892–1950
Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:
Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!

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Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892–1950

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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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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POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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