In 1917, the year of her graduation, Millay published her first book, Renascence and Other Poems.At the request of Vassar's drama department, she also wrote her first verse play, The Lamp and the Bell (1921), a work about love between women.In addition to publishing three plays in verse, Millay also wrote the libretto of one of the few American grand operas, The King's Henchman (1927). Vincent Millay, "Love is Not All" (Sonnet XXX)," from Collected Poems. It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable— But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table, We lay on a hill-top underneath the moon; And the whistles kept blowing, and the Mine is a body that should die at sea!
It well may be that in a difficult hour, Pinned down by pain and moaning for release, Or nagged by want past resolution's power, I might be driven to sell your love for peace, Or trade the memory of this night for food.
Millay was born in Rockland, Maine, to Cora Lounella Buzelle, a nurse, and Henry Tolman Millay, a schoolteacher who would later become a superintendent of schools. Vincent's Hospital in New York, where her uncle's life had been saved just before her birth.
Millay entered Vassar College in 1913 when she was 21 years old, later than usual.
She had relationships with several fellow students during her time there and kept scrapbooks including drafts of plays written during the period.
Millay's fame began in 1912 when she entered her poem "Renascence" in a poetry contest in The Lyric Year.
The poem was widely considered the best submission and when it was ultimately awarded fourth place, it created a scandal which brought Millay publicity.
The first-place winner Orrick Johns was among those who felt that "Renascence" was the best poem, and stated that "the award was as much an embarrassment to me as a triumph".
A second-prize winner offered Millay his 0 prize money.
The family's house was "between the mountains and the sea where baskets of apples and drying herbs on the porch mingled their scents with those of the neighboring pine woods." In 1904, Cora officially divorced Millay's father for financial irresponsibility, but they had already been separated for some years.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating