Mike Bryce's illustrations in this collection of Edna St. Vincent Millay's work truly capture the spirit and mood evoked by the poet. With the turn of each page, the reader is brought into various scenes and landscapes, introduced to the thoughts and passions of real, believable individuals which Bryce's illustrations have effectively brought to life. On one page, an old steam train rushes forth in the night, sending burning embers dancing into the night sky. Another page transports the viewer to the dunes of some tranquil distant shore, where the eel-grass whispers in the gentle breeze. A few pages later, and the reader is cast in a dying garden, where the gardener attepts to grow a a patch of hate. The gardener herself is wrought with anger as she tries in vain to achieve her plan; alas, her garden of hate "falters and fades". A following page entreats the reader to wild swans flying over the town, their wings glowing in the twighlight sky. Very captivating imagery! The poetry itself is a welcome addition to my bookshelf of historically important poets, and an essential book for any young reader, as it presents Millay's thoughts and reflections on a world that sometimes depicts all but roses and sunshine. A must for every personal library!