MINE THE HARVEST by Edna St. Vincent Millay
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MINE THE HARVEST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

What an unforeseen, what an unpredictable pleasure is this volume of verse which Edna St. Vincent Millay was preparing for publication just prior to her death in 1950. Without doubt it will be the most distinguished volume of poems to be published this year. The 67 poems here have not been altered by her sister who edits the volume and presents it ""in the sincere conviction that it contains the poetry of which she once reminded her editor- 'the faults as well as the virtues are mine'"". Of the virtues, it is hard to say enough; the immensely increased maturity of her thought; the high, noble range of her spirit; the courage, the wit, the complete devotion to poetry, the mission to ""hold secure the Province of Pure Art"". All these are the virtues of a fastidious spirit, shot through with the beauty of a great lyric gift and a mind by the greatest classical models. Of the four sections of the book, the last, containing about a dozen sonnets seems to be the most perfect. The sonnet form is one in which Millay always excelled. But even in the other poems, some of them obviously incomplete and unfinished, there is much passion, much lyricism, and many unforgettable lines.... The Millay legend through the poems and the letters has created a considerable audience which will again be widened with this volume.

Pub Date: April 28th, 1954
Publisher: Harper