Edna St. Vincent Millay Biography
Birthday: February 22, 1892 (Pisces)
Born In: Rockland, Maine, United States
Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American poetess and playwright who was known for her feminist activism and her several love affairs. Some of her notable poems include ‘Second April’, ‘Wine from These Grapes’ and ‘A Few Figs from Thistles’. Besides writing a number of poems, she also wrote plays like ‘Aria da Capo’. She wrote her prose work under the pseudonym Nancy Boyd. She acted as the script writer of “The King’s Henchman”, an opera. Her arrest regarding her involvement in the protest of Sacco-Vanzetti case was the inspiration behind writing ‘Justice Denied in Massachusetts’. She also wrote a five-act play ‘The Lamp and the Bell’, a poetic drama. Most of her poems are synonymous with perpetual youth. Most of these indicate feminine revolt and liberation. They deal with inevitable themes like love, sorrow, death and change in life. Brutalities carried out by nations like Spain, Germany and Japan acted as an inspiration for her works titled ‘Huntsman, What Quarry?’ and ‘The Murder of Lidice’. She was the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Due to her praiseworthy contribution to American poetry, she was honoured with the Frost Medal.