Renascence and Other Poems


Read by Linda Leu

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The following is a recording of the first volume of poetry published by Edna St. Vincent Millay. When the author had graduated from high school, she couldn't afford to go to college. In the summer of 1912, Vincent's sister, Norma, found work as a waitress at a hotel near where they lived. One night, Norma insisted that Vincent attend a masquerade ball, given at the hotel, if only to get Vincent out of the house and to meet people. Vincent finally gave in, and while there, sang songs and recited "Renascence," the first poem in this collection. This immediately won over the support of one "Miss Dow," who would help Vincent raise enough money to attend Vassar College. From there, she would meet others and become fully entrenched in, and later a major influence on, the literary community. (According to Savage Beauty, by Nancy Milford.) (Summary by Linda Leu) (1 hr 12 min)

Chapters

Renascence 13:17 Read by Linda Leu
Interim 16:05 Read by Linda Leu
The Suicide 9:49 Read by Linda Leu
God’s World 1:33 Read by Linda Leu
Afternoon on a Hill 1:04 Read by Linda Leu
Sorrow 1:12 Read by Linda Leu
Tavern 1:23 Read by Linda Leu
Ashes of Life 1:40 Read by Linda Leu
The Little Ghost 1:55 Read by Linda Leu
Kin to Sorrow 1:18 Read by Linda Leu
Three Songs of Shattering 2:14 Read by Linda Leu
The Shroud 1:21 Read by Linda Leu
The Dream 1:48 Read by Linda Leu
Indifference 1:27 Read by Linda Leu
Witch-Wife 1:31 Read by Linda Leu
Blight 2:15 Read by Linda Leu
When the Year Grows Old 2:07 Read by Linda Leu
Though art not lovelier than lilacs, - no 1:44 Read by Linda Leu
Time does not bring relief; you all have lied 1:48 Read by Linda Leu
Mindful of you the sodden earth in spring 1:49 Read by Linda Leu
Not in this chamber only at my birth 1:53 Read by Linda Leu
If only I should learn, in some quite casual way 1:44 Read by Linda Leu
Bluebeard 1:57 Read by Linda Leu