Edna St. Vincent Millay's "First Fig" is a bittersweet celebration of a life lived in the fast lane. The speaker describes their life as a candle that burns at "both ends." Though this candle won't burn for long, the speaker says, it gives off a "lovely light." In other words, the speaker knows that living this way will burn them out, but it sure is fun while it lasts. The poem appears at the start of Millay's 1920 collection A Few Figs From Thistles. "First Fig" consists of a single quatrain written in common meter, its brief music evoking the intense yet fleeting "light" of the speaker's life.