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Sonnet 29. This sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay is attempt to explain her worry of time aging her beauty away, resulting in her lover to loose interest in her.

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Sonnet 29 Commentary This sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay is attempt to explain her worry of time aging her beauty away, resulting in her lover to loose interest in her. Millay explains that this natural happening; is not her fault. Therefore, she wishes that it were easy to learn from her passed love experiences of blindly following her heart. As she starts the first line with 'pity me not', she uses reverse psychology since she is actually saying that she wants people to pity her for her aging and her love life. This is repeated again in the 3rd line and throughout the sonnet to emphasize its effect. ...read more.

Middle

In this case the 'thicket' is old age; Millay is explaining to us that old age overcame their youth and that is the reason it ended. Her reference to 'wreckage' represents destruction of her beauty; suggesting she was exposed and vulnerable to it. The tone of this sonnet is painful and regretful. Millay's voice can be heard as calm and exhausted since it seems she has been trying to fight this invasion of old age and getting her lover back to her. This has led her to confusion, which is the reason she uses reverse psychology to show her indecisive mind. ...read more.

Conclusion

It also is not addressed to anyone in particular, which is a characteristic of a traditional love sonnet. The structure of this sonnet contrasts the subject and her personality. This is shown as she uses iambic pentameter, which leads us to think she is speaking in a conversational tone. You can conclude from this sonnet that Millay has had past love experiences which she also keeps repeating the same mistakes. Her aim is to get her voice heard and to have people pity her. She basically wants to tell us that love is transient and this results in her being anxious and making mistakes, since she knows that one day, there will be an end to it. ...read more.

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