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First Fig

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light.

…Edna St. Vincent Millay

I really like this. It communicates beautifully with an economy of words. I have seen it criticized as “not scanning.” I don’t care. You?

  1. February 21, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    I like it. For me it’s witty and scans just fine. 🙂

  2. March 22, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    I loved this when I first heard it read out on the BBC one afternoon. If I could come up with as succinct a poem, I’d think I’d not lived in vain! 🙂

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