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First FigMy candle burns at both ends;It will not last the night;But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—It gives a lovely light!Second FigSafe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950)Millay, writing from bohemian Greenwich Village in the Jazz Age, spoke for many of the youth of hergeneration. At the time of her writing she was considered America’s finest lyric poet. Thomas Hardy saidthat architectural innovations and Edna St. Vincent Millay were the two greatest contributions thatAmerica made to the twenties. She was born in Maine, and her early years were unorthodox. Her mothersent her father away because of his compulsive gambling when she was seven, and she raised Edna andher two sisters with little regard for social conventions but with impassioned regard forpoeticconventions. Millay used conventional forms throughout her career as a poet and was often considered

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