burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends --
It gives a lovely light!
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Millay uses a candle as a metaphor for life. By stating that
the candle will burn out relatively soon, it encourages the reader to live their
own life to the fullest. Millay reminds her readers that they should hold an
optimistic view on life and enjoy everything that it has to offer. By focusing
on death or enemies, it is only taking for granted the time one is given to
live on this earth. Every human being must appreciate the present and not dwell
on the past or the future. Millay cleverly addresses both her friends and her
foes in the poem to demonstrate that no one should dwell on hating anyone else
because life is too short to have enemies.
DID YOU KNOW?
Although it is considered a fruit, the fig is actually a flower that is inverted into itself.