Edna Saint Vincent Millay Sonnet If I should learn in some quite casual way IF I should learn, in some quite casual way, That you were gone, not…

Edna Saint Vincent Millay Sonnet If I should learn in some quite casual way IF I should learn, in some quite casual way, That you were gone, not…

Edna Saint Vincent Millay Sonnet If I should learn in some quite casual way IF I should learn, in some quite casual way, That you were gone, not…

Edna Saint Vincent Millay Sonnet If I should learn in some quite casual way IF I should learn, in some quite casual way, That you were gone, not…

Many traditional sonnets are love sonnets. They are often written extolling the virtues of one’s love, or written to describe the loved one with flowery imagery and metaphors. This sonnet spoofs that genre. I see it as kind of an underhanded love sonnet because the author is playfully writing about what her reaction would be if she found out her lover was killed. This is why it is different from a traditional sonnet.An example of metonymy would be:If I should learn, in some quite casual way,That you were gone, not to return again–“you were gone” refers to death.A metaphor:I could not cry aloud or wring my hands in such a placeThis is a metaphor for grief, intimating that this is what people do when grieving – wring their hands.Read about the author here on eNotes.
Edna Saint Vincent Millay Sonnet If I should learn in some quite casual way IF I should learn, in some quite casual way, That you were gone, not…
Edna Saint Vincent Millay Sonnet If I should learn in some quite casual way IF I should learn, in some quite casual way, That you were gone, not…
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Edna Saint Vincent Millay Sonnet If I should learn in some quite casual way IF I should learn, in some quite casual way, That you were gone, not…
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