I feel that anyone who gives this collection less than 5 stars hasn't given it a chance. This is the only book of poetry out of the many that I own that I have read cover-to-cover several times. My copy is dog-eared, sun-tanned, spilled-on, underlined... showing all of the signs of a book extremely well-loved. Why? Because Millay says things like the phrase I used for the title of this review, as well as:
"Above these cares my spirit in calm abiding
Floats like a swimmer at sunrise, facing the pale sky."
-- from ABOVE THESE CARES
"My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I'll not be knowing;
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,
No matter where it's going." -- from TRAVEL
"Ashes am I of all that once I seemed.
In me all's sunk that leapt, and all that dreamed."
-- from THE SUICIDE
"Oh little leaves that are so dumb
Against the shrieking city air,
I watch you when the wind has come,--
I know what sound is there." -- from CITY TREES
Those are just the first few that sprung out at me from the several phrases I marked in my own copy - there are so many more that I wish I had the room to share here, but since I do not, I will close with this fitting lyric from THE POET and HIS BOOK:
"Stranger, pause and look;
From the dust of ages
Lift this little book,
Turn the tattered pages,
Read me, do not let me die!
Search the fading letters, finding
Steadfast in the broken binding
All that once was I!"
I sincerely hope you "pause and look" at Millay's COLLECTED LYRICS - it is like a script of wonderful lines describing life.