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Edna St Vincent Millays Fatal Interview Millay is the poetic voice of eternal youth feminine revolt and liberation and potent sensitivity and suggestiveness Her best and most representative themes are bittersweet love sorrow the inevitability of change resignation death and ever-abiding nature Robert Gale One of the best known women authors of her time as well as one of the better paid Edna St Vincent Millay had already become an accomplished writer before her graduation from Vassar She was the first woman ever to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1923 paving the way for the future of women writers Her first book Renascence and Other Poems was published in 1917 The title poem written in 1913 won Millay a scholarship to study at Vassar where many of her works including plays as well as poetry were published in the Vassar Miscellany Shortly thereafter Millay wrote A Few Figs from Thistles in 1920 One of her most widely quoted poems First Fig was included in the book My candle burns at both ends It will not last the night But ah my foes and oh my friends It gives a lovely light First Fig is a perfect example of Millays attitude toward love in much of her poetry While she did break away from the traditional sentimental attitude of her nineteenth- century predecessors Millay did not fully push her work towards the ideals of Modernism Apart from other modern poets who embraced the idea of impersonality Millays poetry was still very much personal While Fatal Interview published in 1931 may not share the wide acclaim of Renascence and Other Poems and A Few Figs from Thistles it does share that same personal tone The work is a collection of sonnets of which the more popular pieces include Night is my sister and how deep in love Sonnet VII
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