Illustrated Thursday – Moriturus, stanzas XXXI-XXXIII – Millay


Edna St. Vincent Millay died fairly young by today’s standards: she was only 58 years old when she passed away in 1950. But her physical and mental health had been poor for a number of years prior to her death and she’d lost her husband in 1949. It would be so tempting to say she wrote “Moriturus” from personal experience, except she published it in 1928…The whole poem can be found here. Drawing (marker on paper) and composition by me.

These were the times of our lives:












  1. I am enjoying reading this poem in the manner you present it, and with your art. It breaks it into sections that I can concentrate on and think about without having the rest of the poem looming in the background and me hurrying to read it all. thank you.

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    1. It’s my pleasure – I have found the same thing, that looking at a longer poem like this, a few stanzas at a time, helps me really savor them individually. With Moriturus, it’s so easy to get caught up in the rhythm and meter and miss some of the nuances. I am so glad you are enjoying it! Thank you for joining me on the journey with this poem.

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