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April is the Coolest Month – Just Poets Favorite Poem for April 1

As part of National Poetry Month, Just Poets members will share their favorite poems along with a brief note about why the poem is their favorite poem. Today’s poem is selected by Kitty Jospé.

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Modern Declaration

I, having loved ever since I was a child a few things, never having wavered
In these affections; never through shyness in the houses of the rich or in the 
   presence of clergymen having denied these loves;
Never when worked upon by cynics like chiropractors having grunted or clicked 
   a vertebra to the discredit of those loves;
Never when anxious to land a job having diminished them by a conniving smile; 
   or when befuddled by drink
Jeered at them through heartache or lazily fondled the fingers of their alert 
   enemies; declare

That I shall love you always.
No matter what party is in power;
No matter what temporarily expedient combination of allied interests wins 
    the war;
Shall love you always.

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Just Poets Member Statement:

What strikes me is the power of her syntax:  “I,” fleshed out, marked by five semi-colons, finally arrives at the verb, “declare”, stanza break to complete the predicate.  Brilliant.

– Kitty Jospé

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“Modern Declaration” appears in Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Selected Poems, which is available by clicking here.

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