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CLIP 1300

Edna St Vincent Millay - 'Sonnet'

Edna St Vincent Millay - 'Sonnet'

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Key Info
  • Edna St Vincent Millay - 'Sonnet'
  • Duration: 02:50
  • Interpretation of Edna St Vincent Millay's sonnet 'What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why', written in 1923. The first section is a reading of the sonnet, underpinned by black and white photographs by Fay Godwin. In the second section, Fay Godwin comments on the subject, the sense of voice in the sonnet and the sonnet form. It introduces and contextualises the sonnet, using the photographs to reflect the melancholy and reflectiveness that are captured within it.
  • Subject:



    Poetry: Early and Mid 20th Century

  • Keywords: imagery, sonnet, voice, form, subject, structure, poem, Edna St Vincent Millay
Ideas for use in class
  • Having watched this clip, provide students with other sonnets by St Vincent Millay and ask them to create a photomontage that reflects the sonnet. This should make them think about key points, key themes and symbolism. Ask students to compare their choices and identify any common themes that are reflected.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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