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Kin of Sorrow
Posted by: Ramya (202.88.178.---)
Date: December 16, 2003 08:24AM

In this poem, does "rosemary" signify death?

Kin to Sorrow
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Am I kin to Sorrow,
That so oft
Falls the knocker of my door --
Neither loud nor soft,
But as long accustomed,
Under Sorrow's hand?
Marigolds around the step
And rosemary stand,
And then comes Sorrow --
And what does Sorrow care
For the rosemary
Or the marigolds there?
Am I kin to Sorrow?
Are we kin?
That so oft upon my door --
Oh, come in!


Re: Kin of Sorrow
Posted by: Hugh Clary (
Date: December 16, 2003 10:34AM

Some say yes; some say no. Most say 'remembrance'.

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Re: Kin of Sorrow
Posted by: Marian-NYC (
Date: December 16, 2003 01:20PM

As in Ophelia's mad scene:

"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that's for thoughts. ... There's fennel for you, and columbines. There's rue for you, and here's some for me. We may call it herb of grace o' Sundays. O, you must wear your rue with a difference! There's a daisy. I would give you some violets, but they wither'd all when my father died."

Re: Kin of Sorrow
Posted by: Pam Adams (134.71.192.---)
Date: December 16, 2003 01:45PM

There's at least one Kipling story, where marigolds are referred to as 'cemetery flowers.'


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