By Robert DUNCAN


Documentary - Completed 2008

A Pulitzer Prize winning poet known for her bohemian lifestyle and many love affairs, Edna St Vincent Millay’s tumultuous life is captured here in this stunning biographical portrait.

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 93 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Robert DUNCAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Robert DUNCAN (DOCTV)
    • Synopsis
    • Edna St Vincent Millay was the woman every woman in America wanted to be. She was her generation’s Madonna and Bob Dylan rolled into one. She was a phenomenon. The best known poet in America in the 1920s and 30s.
      In her time she was as famous a poet as America ever produced. Her sonnets and verses led the charge in the sexual revolution of her time.
      Yet by the 1970s the poems which every girl in America once knew by heart, were no longer included in the anthologies of American Verse. Edna Millay became America’s lost poet.
      In this stunning 90 minute biographical portrait of Edna’s life and work we follow her through bi-sexual love affairs, broken hearts and broken promises and to her marriage and her public affair with a 21-year-old poet.
      The film explores the house where she lived and which has remained basically untouched since her death in 1950 – her dresses still on their hangers, her underwear still in satin pouches in her dresser.
      By the time of her death Edna St Vincent Millay had become an alcoholic and a morphine addict. But the four lines which capsulated the 1920s are still very much alive.
      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.