Sonnet 29

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'Sonnet 29' by Edna St Vincent Millay
Edna St Vincent Millay was born in 1892 in Maine in the USA. She relished the sonnet form partly because she felt that the form enabled the poet to challenge her readers' preconceptions about life. Most of her sonnets are about love and many show how much she admired Shakespeare. This sonnet first appeared in her collection The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems, for which she received the Pulitzer Prize in 1923. She died in 1950. (taken from IGCSE notes on the anthology)

Sonnet form – Shakespearian: 4 quatrains and a couplet. Contrast to Barrett Browning and Keats (Petrarchan).

Vocabulary: match the word from the poem with the correct definition |1 |Thicket |A |a very strong wind. | |2 |Waning |B |made silent | |3 |Ebbing |C |the inflow or outflow of water | |4 |Hushed |D |Attacks vigorously | |5 |Blossom |E |a thick or dense growth of shrubs, bushes, or small trees | |6 |Assails |F |moving | |7 |Tide |G |remains or fragments of something that has been wrecked | |8 |Shifting |H |scattering | |9...
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