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Grown-up -- Edna St Vincent Millay

       
(Poem #817) Grown-up
 Was it for this I uttered prayers,
 And sobbed and cursed and kicked the stairs,
 That now, domestic as a plate,
 I should retire at half-past eight?
-- Edna St Vincent Millay
A delightfully whimsical little piece of commentary, all the funnier for
its grain of truth. Not to mention nostalgic memories about fighting with my
parents over bedtime <g>. As usual, Millay gets the tone and choice of words
perfectly right; like her 'Unexplorer', this is not a children's poem, but
it is unmistakably a poem about childhood (to say nothing of adulthood), an
image as vivid and compelling as any in Milne or Watterson.

Links:

  The Unexplorer (complete with Millay biography): poem #49

  Complete list of Millay poems on Minstrels:

  Poem #34 First Fig
  Poem #49 The Unexplorer
  Poem #108 The Penitent
  Poem #317 Inland
  Poem #604 Euclid Alone Has Looked On Beauty Bare
  Poem #590 Sonnet XLIII (What lips my lips have kissed...)

-martin (who has often retired at half past eight <g>)

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