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What Lips My Lips Have Kissed by Edna St. Vincent Millay - Poetry Reading

What Lips My Lips Have Kissed -- A poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The poem begins as a recount of past lovers whom a woman once had encounters with for only very brief moments of her life. The belief that these "lips her lips have kissed" were but only momentary passing in her life is enforced in the very opening of the sonnet, as she tells of the forgotten arms she has lain with (1-2). While the character within the story may momentarily be experiencing a feeling of quiet pain, the theme of the poem is suggested as she recites that in fact it were her lips kissing others, she does not consider her lovers kissed by herself, and thus we can recognize her lack of emotional attachment to these forgotten lovers.During the 1920's, emerging liberalist women; women who were referred to as "flappers", the emergence of term coincided with the rise of a new generation of post war women who desired to shake off the shackles of Edwardian repression and establish themselves as an independent force. With this movement, women of all ages awakened to the idea of sexual liberation and empowerment. This encouraged a wave of change that would motivate women for years to come to live their lives independently from men and create a generation of bold and confident women. About the poet - Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 -- 1950) was an American lyrical poet, playwright and feminist. She was born in Rockland, Maine, USA. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her activism and her many love affairs. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work. For more videos log onto http://www.youtube.com/pearlsofwisdom Also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pearlsofwisdomchannelSubscribe & Stay Tuned - http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pearlsofwisdom
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