Illustrated Thursday – Moriturus, stanza I to III – Edna St. Vincent Millay


I’ve been wanting to serially illustrate another long poem and I finally settled on the beautifully lyrical Moriturus by Edna St. Vincent Millay. I plan to illustrate three stanzas at a time and if I adhere to my plan, it will take me 13 weeks – matching the length of my “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” series over the summer (if you are curious, you can check out the final entry of that series here, which has links to the other twelve posts). Check out the entire text of Moriturus here – or follow along with me for the next 12 weeks!  Drawing (ink on paper) and composition by me.


    1. “Moriturus” was published in 1928, so it was likely written in the years before that, during the height of her lyrical poetry arc in the early twenties. It has so many slender threads connecting all of the words.

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