Quotes Every Bibliomaniac Ought To Know

Edition: Edna St. Vincent Millay

If you are a bibliomane, or even if you are not; you should know these quotes, extracted with a lot of patience from best sellers, and great novels of all time. These lines have perpetual beauty, preserved in the form of words, forever, and ever.

Night falls fast. Today is in the past. Blown from the dark hill hither to my door,

Three flakes, then four

Arrive, then many more.” By Edna St. Vincent Millay

Meaning of this extract

The narrator expresses feelings of hopelessness through the poem’s metaphors of winter, falling snow, and darkness. This extract is more about broken love, of one’s expectations being shattered by reality.

“I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.” By Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Meaning of this extract

This is obviously a sentence dedicated to someone the poet loves. You can feel a hint of the uncertainty of one’s own capabilities, and perhaps a sense of insecurity? The poet believes that she is just one season- summer, to someone she loves, but she is not (yet) all of the 4 seasons.

I love humanity but I hate people.

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Meaning of this extract

This extract is a little difficult to intercept, although I think it is pretty clear that the poet has witnessed some events that were very strong, hence having made this statement. Doing good for people, doing things that are just and right, is all good. But the fact remains, that not many people actually do it. So humanity, in the name of humans, isn’t great; but humanity, in the name of doing good for everyone is great and deserves love.

“What should I be

but just what I am?” Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Meaning of this extract

This is a beautiful sentence. It’s fake to change yourself according to the society, and the real thing is being yourself and being loved for who YOU are, not what the society turned you into.

“No one but Night, with tears on her dark face, watches beside me in this windy place” Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Meaning of this extract

Is this statement associated with depression? Or is this just talking about being in a windy place, with the night sky raining from above? In the context of a metaphor, I believe this is associated with loneliness. The poet is alone, and there is not a soul in sight, only the night sky is crying, watching the poet alone in the presence of wind, and wind alone.

“And what are you that, missing you,

I should be kept awake

As many nights as there are days

With weeping for your sake?” Edna St. Vincent Millay

Meaning of this extract

The poet questions someone she apparently has a lot of interest in. She wonders what’s so seemingly appealing in him, that she cannot sleep at night? Why is she lost in his thoughts so much so, that she stays awake all night? What thing so bad happened with him, and not with her, that she cries for his sake? And cries for as long as days and nights can last.

Disclaimer: This was my analysis on some of the quotes of Edna St. Vincent Millay, and I beg your pardon in case it is not in synchronisation with your views.

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  1. Muskan January 28, 2018
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