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McIntyre 1 Colleen McIntyre Prof. Theobald English 1102 24 March 2018 Unit 3 Poetry Explication and Analysis Part I: Scansion and Analysis The poem I chose is “Love is Not All” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. I chose this poem because it has to do with love, and the message she is portraying is amazing. This poem was written in 1931 when Millay was thirty-nine. Most of her work was humorous. This one, however, is very deep and meaningful. This poem has sort of a romantic language which helps pull in the readers. The poem is a sonnet, which consists of fourteen lines of rhymed iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme of this poem groups sets of lines that share a main idea together. It is like a Shakespearean sonnet, with three quatrains and a couplet. As this poem is very Shakespearean, it also is a bit Petrarchan. Petrarchan is when the poems turn occurs after the octave. If you look closely, the Octave, which is the first eight lines, introduces the idea that love is not everything. However, the sestet, which is the last six lines, emphasizes the speaker’s opinion of love. Another turn during this poem is on the last line where it says, “I do not think I would” (14). Millay also uses repetition of certain words such as: or, nor, love, and, for, and not, to connect all the parts of the poem in unexpected ways. Also, there are a lot of alliterations throughout this poem. Alliteration adds emphasis to phrases throughout the poem. For example,

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