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children's 8-12

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Poetry for Young People

Frances Schoonmaker, ed. Mike Bryce, illus.
Publisher Sterling  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 10.25 x 8.8 x 0.45 inches
ISBN 9780806959283
Pages/Publication Date 48/1999
Daedalus Item Code 42692
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Joining her profiles of Carl Sandburg, Emily Dickinson, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the Poetry for Young People series, Frances Schoonmaker's introduction to Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, for readers 7 to 12, emphasizes her close connection to the landscape, the creatures, and the changeable weather of New England: "I will be the gladdest thing / Under the sun! / I will touch a hundred flowers / And not pick one." Mike Bryce illuminates the 34 poems and excerpts here in subtly hued watercolors, alternately sunny and mist-shrouded.

"Luminous and elegant illustrations bring these complex and insightful verses to life.... The introduction offers a substantial overview of the poet's life, which will help readers understand this remarkable writer."—School Library Journal

"The life and works of Edna St. Vincent Millay present a challenging study in contrasts.... Joyous odes form a contrast to pensive, brooding poems, sometimes intertwining, as in the well-known 'First Fig' ('My candle burns at both ends; / It will not last the night; / But ... / It gives a lovely light!'). Those complexities are given context in the well-written, engaging introduction, which illuminates Millay's personal history and writing career, from childhood poverty to winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1923. The diverse selections include the celebratory 'God's World,' the playful, rhyming 'Bean-Stalk,' and the powerful 'Men Working.' Some poems have more mature themes, such as 'Departure,' which explores the way outward appearance can mask depression and suicidal thoughts. Overall, the collection fairly represents Millay's body of work, and Mike Bryce's luminous, evocative watercolors help place the poems in a modern context. That the poems are not dated reinforces the timelessness of their themes. A noteworthy addition to the poetry shelf, this collection both informs and intrigues. Difficult words in the poems are footnoted, and there's a useful index of titles."—Booklist

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