One of my favorite sonnets:
I, being born a woman and distressed
By all the needs and notions of my kind,
Am urged by your propinquity to find
Your person fair, and feel a certain zest
To bear your body’s weight upon my breast:
So subtly is the fume of life designed,
To clarify the pulse and cloud the mind,
And leave me once again undone, possessed.
Think not for this, however, the poor treason
Of my stout blood against my staggering brain,
I shall remember you with love, or season
My scorn with pity, —let me make it plain:
I find this frenzy insufficient reason
For conversation when we meet again.
—Edna St. Vincent Millay
… The explication I wrote for Mr. Padgett at Millsaps was the first time I realized that close reading was one of my skillz. He wanted to know where I learned to read like that. I didn’t tell him that I was too lazy to do research on secondary sources, so I just focused on the text instead. Or, I dunno, maybe I did tell him that.