“First Fig” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
renascence – rebirth
1. Is the candle of the poem literal or figurative? Why do you think the author begins the poem with such a common cliché?
The candle is figurative.
Answers may vary. Example: Millay might have wanted a rhyme for “Friends”. However, the cliche does fit the sense of this very short poem.
2. Describe the voice and tone of the speaker.
Answers may vary. Example: The speaker is exuberant and unapologetic.
3. What is defended in this poem?
The poem defends the decision to live a very full and experimental, if fast, life.