First Fig: Edna St. Vincent Millay in the Village
Formerly, it was the home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Her birthday is February 22.
Perhaps Millay's fate was to live in the Village. How many people are named after a hospital, after all? Born in Maine, she was named for the Village institution that saved her uncle's life.
In later life, Millay lived in upstate New York — in Austerlitz, at Steepletop, which is preserved in her memory.
Three hundred and sixty-five of her poems are available from Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, but here are two samples of her work.
We were very tired, we were very merry —
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
But her best known poem is:
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends —
It gives a lovely light.