Afternoon on a Hill

- By Edna St. Vincent Millay
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Edna St. Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was an American lyrical poet and playwright. Encouraged to read the classics at home, she was too rebellious to make a success of formal education, but she won poetry prizes from an early age, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1923, and went on to use verse as a medium for her feminist activism. She also wrote verse-dramas and a highly-praised opera, The King's Henchman. Her novels appeared under the name Nancy Boyd, and she refused lucrative offers to publish them under her own name.

Afternoon on a Hill

I will be the gladdest thing
     Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
     And not pick one.
I will look at cliffs and clouds
     With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
     And the grass rise.
And when lights begin to show
     Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
     And then start down!

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Word Lists:

Cliff : a steep rock face, especially at the edge of the sea

Mine : used to refer to a thing or things belonging to or associated with the speaker


Additional Information:

Rating: A

Words: 87

Unique Words : 44

Sentences : 14

Reading Time : 0:23

Noun : 53

Conjunction : 7

Adverb : 6

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 1

Pronoun : 4

Verb : 9

Preposition : 5

Letter Count : 334

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Neutral

Difficult Words : 4

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