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Published 1939 by Harper & Brothers
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Christine
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
For some reason, didn't like this one as much as the others. Possibly because the other collections have more bite.
Mir
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry

Part I was kinda weak but it improved after that.
Landon
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Although not as good a collection as some of her earlier volumes, such as "A Few Figs from Thistles" and "Second April," "Huntsman, What Quarry?" is nonetheless a fascinating entry into Millay's corpus, if only because of the variety of poems included in terms of quality, style, and topic. Though there are some weak entries, the collection is magisterial for the range and maturity it displays - it is clearly the work of a well-developed poet, a reflection both on a successful career and an ...more
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Apr 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Upon this age, that never speaks its mind,
This furtive age, this age endowed with power
To wake the moon with footsteps, fit an oar
Into the rowlocks of the wind, and find
What swims before his prow, what swirls behind--
Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour,
Falls from the sky a meteoric shower
Of facts...they lie unquestioned, uncombined.

Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill
Is daily spun; but there exists no loom
To weave it into fabric; undefiled
Proceeds pure Science, and has her say; but still
Upon
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Tristan
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, classic
Very good overall. I thought the book improved as it went along, with the closing sonnets being absolutely stellar. I love Edna St. Vincent Millay's tone and wit; in one of her sonnets she ends a conversation with death: "I'll be but bones and jewels on that day,/ And leave thee hungry even in the end". I also really liked "From a Town in a State of Siege", which was very clever and interesting. Overall a very nice read.
Brian
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, w
This may be my favorite ESVM collection so far, though honestly I love them all.
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Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her feminist activism and her many love affairs. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work.

This famous portrait of Vincent (as she was called by friends) was taken by Carl Van Vechten in 1933.
“Strong sun, that bleach
The curtains of my room, can you not render
Colourless this dress I wear?—
This violent plaid
Of purple angers and red shames; the yellow stripe
Of thin but valid treacheries; the flashy green of kind deeds done
Through indolence, high judgments given in haste;
The recurring checker of the serious breach of taste?”
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Upon This Age, That Never Speaks Its Mind

Upon this age, that never speaks its mind,
This furtive age, this age endowed with power
To wake the moon with footsteps, fit an oar
Into the rowlocks of the wind, and find
What swims before his prow, what swirls behind—
Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour,
Rains from the sky a meteoric shower
Of facts . . . they lie unquestioned, uncombined.
Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill
Is daily spun; but there exists no loom
To weave it into fabric; undefiled
Proceeds pure Science, and has her say; but still
Upon this world from the collective womb
Is spewed all day the red triumphant child.”
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