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Edna St. Vincent Millay: “Oh, oh, you will be sorry for that word!”

Oh, oh, you will be sorry for that word!
Give back my book and take my kiss instead.
Was it my enemy or my friend I heard,
“What a big book for such a little head!”
Come, I will show you now my newest hat,
And you may watch me purse my mouth and prink!
Oh, I shall love you still, and all of that.
I never again shall tell you what I think.
I shall be sweet and crafty, soft and sly;
You will not catch me reading any more:
I shall be called a wife to pattern by;
And some day when you knock and push the door,
Some sane day, not too bright and not too stormy,
I shall be gone, and you may whistle for me.

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

12 comments on “Edna St. Vincent Millay: “Oh, oh, you will be sorry for that word!”

  1. venantiusjpinto
    August 28, 2022

    I needed this! Thank you.


  2. Lisa Zimmerman
    August 27, 2022

    I love Edna–so fierce and coy and passionate❤️


  3. allisonfine
    August 27, 2022

    One of the best!


  4. vengodalmare
    August 26, 2022

    Well said Edna!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Emily De Ferrari
    August 26, 2022

    Oh Edna, I don’t know enough about you. Hope you followed through with your threat!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Patricia McMillen
    August 26, 2022

    Love these American feminist poems!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Georganne Spruce
    August 26, 2022

    Wow! I can imagine many women of there time felt that way!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. john balaban
    August 26, 2022

    What a wonderfully clever, sarcastic voice she had.

    Liked by 1 person

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