I hope you had an enjoyable weekend!
In Millay’s sonnet “Once more into my arid days like dew,” the idea of being in love with the idea of love is presented; she achieves this through her renewal of love. In the opening lines (1-3), Millay describes how her lover’s love is a constant source of refreshment: “One more into my arid days like dew, / Like wind from an oasis, or the sound / Of cold sweet water bubbling underground.” Despite her description of her lover—“A treacherous messenger—the thought of you” (4)—Millay renews her love—“Firm faith in your abundance” (6). She explains that through this revival of love, she is chasing a “colored phantom,” something that is obscure and supernatural. Line 10 reminds me of the Opportunists in Dante’s Inferno; sinners (on the cusp of Hell) are constantly reaching for a ghostly banner while being tortured by stings from insects. Millay is striving for the idea of love through different vessels (men); however, once she reaches it (or her love is renewed), she is stung—heartbroken: “Once more I clasp—and there is nothing there” (14).