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"What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why," by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Author: by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.

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MARIAM LOPEZ (May 16 2019 6:55AM) : I'm wondering why she chose to use the image of ghosts?
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ANAEE MERO (May 24 2019 6:48AM) : usually
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MARIAM LOPEZ (Apr 08 2019 5:53AM) : It says that "the rain is full of ghosts tonight", I'm confused on what the rain and ghosts have to do with each other.
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MARIAM LOPEZ (Apr 08 2019 6:22AM) : h more

When you think of rain it’s like sad and gloomy, and ghosts could also be like souls. Souls don’t only have to associated with the occult and paranormal, they can also be referred to as one’s being. So maybe the ghosts in the rain could just be mournful people. These people could be the people she has kissed before, maybe her past lovers.

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MARIAM LOPEZ (Apr 08 2019 5:57AM) : Why does she feel sad or that pain in her heart? Why is it quiet and not loud?
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MARIAM LOPEZ (Apr 08 2019 6:38AM) : h more

Maybe she has a pain in her heart that she can’t share with anyone and it has to be kept secret. Not a literal pain but like a heartbreak, like how you feel when you breakup with someone. heart could also be used to symbolize someone’s soul, maybe the ghosts she talks about in line 4 could be a representation of herself being sad.

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ANAEE MERO (May 28 2019 6:43AM) : perhaps because she feels that its too late to be upset over little affairs like that. more

I think that shes just reminiscing because she feels lonely. throughout the poem she figuratively mentions about how she feels lonely. But i think its too late to be “loud” about it so instead she writes a poem Taylor swift style and hopefully moves on.

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MARIAM LOPEZ (Apr 08 2019 6:06AM) : Who are these "lads"? Could they be the ones that she has kissed as the title suggests? Why is she forgetting them?
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ANAEE MERO (May 28 2019 6:49AM) : If they are "unremembered lads" then why is she remembering the things between them? more

If im not mistaken, by that she means she doesnt remember the guys she was with rather she remembers what she had with them so if she doesnt remember the dudes then why even think about it in the first place ya know?

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Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree
, Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.

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MARIAM LOPEZ (Apr 08 2019 6:08AM) : lines 9 and 10, Does tree and winter represent something? Is she the bird?
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MARIAM LOPEZ (Apr 08 2019 6:09AM) : lines 13 and 14, how did the summer sing in her? Why did it stop singing? What does this mean?
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MARIAM LOPEZ (May 16 2019 7:13AM) : Is this a metaphor for a moment in her life?
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Source: Vanity Fair (November, 1920)

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DMU Timestamp: March 29, 2019 18:11

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