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Эдна Сент-Винсент Миллей

Дата рождения: 22. Февраль 1892
Дата смерти: 19. Октябрь 1950

Эдна Сент-Винсент Миллей — американская поэтесса и драматург, первая женщина, получившая Пулитцеровскую премию по поэзии, одна из самых знаменитых поэтов США XX века.


„Детство — это не с рождения до зрелости. Вырастет ребёнок и оставит детские забавы. Детство — это королевство, где никто не умирает.“

„Опубликовать свою книгу — значит добровольно выйти на публику без штанов.“


„Неправда, что жизнь — это одна неприятность за другой. Жизнь — это одна неприятность над другой.“

„Самая долгая разлука меньше угрожает любви, чем страшное испытание постоянной близостью.“

„Я рада, что уделяла так мало внимания добрым советам; если бы я следовала им, то могла бы избежать некоторых из моих самых ценных ошибок.“

„They say when you are missing someone that they are probably feeling the same, but I don't think it's possible for you to miss me as much as I'm missing you right now“

„I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.“

„Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.“


„Please give me some good advice in your next letter. I promise not to follow it.“

„My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,
No matter where it's going.“
The Selected Poetry

„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!“
A Few Figs from Thistles

„Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
I want him at the shrinking of the tide;
The old snows melt from every mountain-side,
And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane;
But last year’s bitter loving must remain
Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide.
There are a hundred places where I fear
To go,—so with his memory they brim.
And entering with relief some quiet place
Where never fell his foot or shone his face
I say, “There is no memory of him here!”
And so stand stricken, so remembering him.“
Collected Poems


„Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.“

„I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.“

„What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning, but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.

Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.“

„Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age. The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.“

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