Continuing with entries honoring National Poetry Month…
Today, the third of April, provides a perfect opportunity for another April poem, this one entitled “Song of a Second April” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Millay was a talented if somewhat enigmatic American poet of the early twentieth century who often wrote about the many sides of love. Her finest lyrics are comparable to the best European and English poets from the Romantic and Victorian eras. Her sonnets, in particular, show the hand of a skilled artist with great instincts for combining words, feelings, pictures, drama, candor, and confidence into a traditional poetic style. As a follow-up to today’s poem, I’ll include one of her sonnets in a subsequent National Poetry Month post.
Song of a Second April
There rings a hammering all day,
The larger streams run still and deep,
by Edna St. Vincent Millay, New York & London: Harper & Bros., 1921, pp. 35-36.