Celebrate Millay: Millay in Fourteen Lines
February 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Celebrating the 132nd Birthday of Edna St Vincent Millay
Co-sponsored by Millay House Rockland
Considered one of the finest sonneteers in English, Pulitzer Prize poet Edna St. Vincent
Millay wrote dozens of sonnets from her early years in Camden, Maine to her later years
in New York. Millay’s sonnets navigate the dichotomy of love and war. Following World
War I, she wrote sonnet xlii (The Harp Weaver, 1923) in which love and loss merge as an
elegy for lost lovers as well as the ghosts of the dead young soldiers: “For unremembered
lads that not again/ Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.” Her poems on both love and
war express Millay’s greatest hopes and worst fears and the tug-of-war between them.
This year, we celebrate the 132nd birthday of Pulitzer Prize poet Edna St. Vincent Millay
with well-known Maine poets reading Millay sonnets that focus on her loves, her losses,
and the complex of love and grief that she addresses. The poets will also read one of their
own poems reflecting the theme of love and war.
For advance registrations, your name will be held at will-call. Check-in begins in the main lobby a half-hour prior to the event start-time. Please note that 5 minutes prior to sold-out programs, any unclaimed seats will be released.