from Figs and Thistles: First Fig

By Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892–1950



My candle burns at both ends;
   It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
   It gives a lovely light!

Source: Poetry (June 1918).

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This poem originally appeared in the June 1918 issue of Poetry magazine

June 1918
 Edna St. Vincent Millay

Biography

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, Friends & Enemies

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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