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The Ballad Of The Harp-Weaver

Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Great 1st Millay poem
Added by: Margo Moore
This poem, which appeared in one of my grade school readers (6th grade, perhaps?) was the one that called my attention to the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, one of my three favorite poets (the others are Walt Whitman and Rabindranath Tagore).

Every time I read this poem, I have the same reaction I did as a child--cold chills at being in that little room with the desperate mother and her starving child. This poem awakens humanity in humans, as explained by C.S. Lewis in book "The Abolition of Man".

Every child should read it--every adult should reread it. It's simply great as a classic fairy tale is great, only more intense.

The grownups should go on to read "Renascence", my favorite poem in all the world. That also gives chills! E. St. M. gets intimately close to the realities of life and death. --MM
Added by: Linda
I agree with the above comment on this poem. I, too learned it in 6th grade. I memorized the whole thing and recited it to the class. It also was the poem that introduced me to Edna St. Vincent Millay, and here I am age 45 still remembering how this poem touched me at age 11. Thank you for having it here for me to refresh my memory with and to remind me to count my many blessings.
Added by: Donald Clay
I definately agree with the above comments. I too read this poem in elementary school. It touched me then and still touches me. I have just found this poem on the internet. This poem has been on my mind since grade school; I couldn't remember the whole poem, but the subject stayed in my head. This is truly a great poem. Everyone should read it and read it to their children.

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