I’m answering question 5. The sonnet: “Here is a wound that never will heal, I know,”.

Yea, Millay’s images are overwhelming. Poetry just like any other art acts as a medium between the artist and the “thing”. Translating the “thing” with the limited medium is what makes an artist an artist. The audience finds Millay’s images overwhelming because Millay is able to bring the audience close to the “thing”. In this case, the “thing” is a particular feeling. The feeling that Millay describes is the feeling of heartache, but heartache is an ambiguous feeling. Millay immediately distinguishes her heartache, “Being wrought not of a dearness and a death, / But of a love turned ashes and the breath / Gone out of beauty”. In those lines, Millay places an invisible “that” on what she is feeling. The word “that” is used to provide specificity in writing, so I guess every time a poet uses imagism he/she is essentially placing an invisible “that” on the page. When you really think about it, it is not Millay’s images that overwhelm but the emotions the images to convey.

Enjoy your weekend… Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.

-Wandy rosario