Edna St. Vincent Millay's Time Does Not Bring Relief

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In “Time Does Not Bring Relief” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, the speaker is a woman who has lost someone she loved and everywhere she goes she gets reminded of how much she misses him, and how time does not always heal all wounds. In Chris Forhan “Gouge, Adze, Rasp, Hammer” the speaker reveals how he is disappointed that he has lost a loved one but as time goes on he is healing and accepted it. Edna Sr. Vincent Millay expresses her lost by the use of personification and imagery, but in an emotional way not like Chris Forhan, he uses diction to express how he is moving forward. Therefore, when the speaker says “I want him at the shrinking of the tide” and “I miss him in the weeping of the rain,” she is using personification to express how she feels, she doesn’t know what else to do but cry. The speaker wishes that the memories of her loved one had disappeared, for her not to feel the pain anymore but the memories are still in her heart even though everything has changed, “ And last years leaves are smoke in every lane” is a the metaphor used to express this. In the last line of Millay’s poem the speaker is still hurt and still dealing with the pain as expressed in the line “And so stand stricken, so remembering him!”, she still cannot forget him or move on.…show more content…
The speaker also references to tools to show his emotions, how they have changed, using “tools” he is able to move on faster. He tries his best to look at the bright side and try everything he can’t to accept and get over it to push himself back up and recover. The speaker uses his “tools” to build something up, to make something whole again, to bring that happiness back. As time goes by he is moving forward unlike Millay ‘time does not bring
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