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Renascence by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1912)

“Renascence” by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950) is the 1912 poem that put this iconic American poet on the literary map. Though it was published when she was just nineteen, it held up as one of the best poems in her canon. You can find an excellent analysis of it on Poetry Foundation.

The 214-line lyric poem consists of rhymed couplets. The overarching theme is the connection of the individual to nature. The narrator of the poem is writing from a mountaintop from which she observes the broad vista; observation becomes a mystical experience. 

The poem was written on the summit of Mt. Battle in Camden, Maine, which now has a plaque in the spot that inspired its lines. Read More→

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