In Millay’s Sonnet 32 (“Here is a wound that never will heal, I know,”), there is a stark amount of honesty that shows sheer poetic expression of love. In general, when people are in love or are speaking about love, they don’t want to mention how it has hurt them; there is a tendency to try to remain strong. However, in this sonnet, Millay has effectively left all of those internal feelings behind, opting instead to honestly share her feelings regarding the love that she once had and will have no more. She writes “a love turned ashes and the breath/ Gone out of beauty; never again will grow/ The grass on that scarred acre…” This is an incredibly honest portrayal of how hurt many people feel by a love that has gone wrong. Instead of hiding it by masking her feelings, she openly admits that the pain this love has caused will never heal, and she will deal with its stinging memory forever, no matter how much she tries to salvage or forget it. Love is wonderful, as she mentions in moments in her various other sonnets, but this one captures the pain and sorrow that can also stem from love; a very honest approach.
See all of your shining faces tomorrow 🙂