Sunday, 14 April 2013

Look what I have!


                 Not in a silver casket cool with pearls                                           Or rich with red corundum or with blue,
Locked, and the key withheld, as other girls
Have given their loves, I give my love to you;

Not in a lovers'-knot, not in a ring
Worked in such fashion, and the legend plain—
Semper fidelis, where a secret spring
Kennels a drop of mischief for the brain:

Love in the open hand, nothing but that,
Ungemmed, unhidden, wishing not to hurt,
As one should bring you cowslips in a hat
Swung from the hand, or apples in her skirt,

I bring you, calling out as children do:
"Look what I have!—And these are all for you



 Edna St. Vincent Millay







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  2. I wonder why you described Elisabeth Barrett Browning's sonnet as love to excess of idolatry, while this poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay is, in my opinion, more intense?

    For me, the sonnet of Elisabeth Barrett Browning was merely a description of what her love is... But Edna St. Vincent Millay's sonnet is not merely a description, but a declaration with some kind of action---of actually giving everything for her love :) That is more intense and passionate for me :)

    What exactly is idolatry to you? Maybe for you idolatry has nothing to do with the intensity or passion of the love, but has to do only with some almost crazy description of love?? :)

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    1. I don't know I rather like this one because I adore the ending couplet. Elizabeth's I suppose has been brought to my attention about almost obsessive love because I had to scrutinise it for my essay, but they are both beautiful poems by fantastic poets.
      I guess Elizabeth's in my opinion is more idealistic, she talks of replacing her saints with her lover. I agree with what you said that you can never love too much!

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    2. I also adore Edna St. Vincent Millay's sonnet more than Elisabeth's :) The reason is that many women could love the way Elisabeth loves in her sonnet, but I believe it is rarer, and therefore more special, that women love the same way as in the sonnet of Edna St. Vincent Millay :) (I rather think most women are very careful, and not loving without restraint as in Edna's sonnet) ...

      I'm sooOOo glad that you agree that one can never love too much! You really are a romantic! :) :) Here where I live, most people are into the saying "Anything too much is bad." People here always think that the most ideal is that which is not lacking and also not excessive, but just the right amount.
      But I'm not into that general mindset. I'm always on the "extreme." I always believe that the more, the better. The more extreme and excessive, the greater. I believe in the saying: "If you don't love too much, you don't love enough." :) :)

      I'm into women's poetry these days :) Why? It's because I believe that women do love more sincerely than men... I mean, of course, there are also many women who commit adultery, but not at the same intensity as men do. I think it is so sad because it seems that having another girl or woman is almost like a "second nature" to men :(

      So when men write great love poems, I can't help doubting its sincerity. But when a woman writes a love poem with intense expression of passion, I always could bet that it is genuinely sincere! :)

      That's why I love those poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay and Elisabeth Barrett Browning :) Oh it's just so lovely, as you pointed out, that Elisabeth wants to replace her saints with her lover! :) And those rhyming couplet by Edna, is an idea we've never read before in other poems (that's why you once wrote that her sonnet was quite different from other love poems you've read recently) :D And to imagine that those lovely poetic lines come from lovers who are women! :) :)

      When women write love poems, you could just feel the genuine sincerity in them :)

      Who are your favorite women poets who write love poems? :)

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    3. Well there are many wonderful women poets, but the first one that comes to mind is Emily Bronte. She had such a wild and beautiful mind, we should never say we know what she is writing for or who, because to every poet, the words are their own. It is left for us to un-scramble but the poets don't have to tell us what or who it is for or about. It can then be taken to the heart of any and claimed as their own heart's declaration. Emily Dickinson, George Elliot, Sylvia Plath, oo and check out Pam Ayres she is a wonderful poet and comedian in her own right. There are many, many, many, and we can spend the rest of our lives discovering more and more :)

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    4. I like Emily Dickinson too! :)
      Now I would explore Emily Bronte's wild and beautiful mind :)

      I agree to what you said about we could take a poem to our hearts and claim it is our declaration :)
      I remember when I was a small child a teacher told me off for getting the meaning of a poem "wrong" :( But I think every individual could interpret a poem to his heart's content...

      I also agree with you that poets don't have to tell us what or for whom is a poem about... But do you think it's alright if a poet would tell for whom or what a poem is about to the person whom he writes the poem for?? :)

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    5. A poet may do whatever she chooses. I always find that when I write songs people that hear them often want to know who it was written for- but I think sometimes that takes away the magic- the individual meaning.

      That is terrible for your teacher to tell you, you were wrong! Reading literature is open to any and everyone. It is yours. Your gift. It can be whatever you want it to be.

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    6. Oh so that’s why you won’t tell me about the shivering of the stars on one of the poems that you wrote, but I’ve always been curious as to the meaning of it, with the assurance that the magic of the poem would not disappear from me even when you let me know :)

      Thank you for the inspiring words of wisdom about literature! … A gift :) :)

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