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What lips my lips have kissed Summary & Analysis
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

"What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why," first published in 1920 in Vanity Fair, is an Italian sonnet written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and feminist Edna St. Vincent Millay. In the poem, a speaker looks back on her previous loves and lovers whom she has forgotten. The speaker is tormented by the loss of her memories of love and regrets having loved at all. Millay purposefully uses the form of an Italian sonnet, a form that traditionally honors and exalts love, to question whether it is worth it to love at all.

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