Camden in Knox County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Edna St. Vincent Millay
1892 — 1950
Was three long mountains and a wood;
I turned and looked another way,
And saw three islands in a bay.
So with my eyes I traced the line
Of the horizon, thin and fine,
Straight around till I was come
Back to where I’d started from;
And all I saw from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood.”
— First stanza “Renascence,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay written in 1910 in the environs of Mount Battie
At the age of eighteen, a frail girl with flaming red hair left her home in early morning to climb her favorite Camden Hills, where so deeply affected by her surroundings, she wrote “Renascence.” The poem received immediate public acclaim and was the inspired beginning of the career of America’s finest lyric poet.
Erected 1967 by a gift of Ida Povich Dondis.
Location. 44° 13.366′ N, 69° 4.156′ W. Marker is in Camden, Maine, in Knox County. Marker can be reached from Mount Battie Road. Touch for map. Marker is on the summit of Mount Battie near the high end of Mount Battie Road, on a large rock beside the memorial
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Battie Memorial Tower (here, next to this marker); Spanish-American War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Schooner Grace Bailey / The Schooner Mercantile (approx. 0.9 miles away); William Conway (approx. one mile away); The Rockport Lime Kilns (approx. 2½ miles away); André the Seal (approx. 2½ miles away); French's Beach (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Edna St. Vincent Millay. (Submitted on September 8, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
2. Renascence. in Renascence, and other poems, 1917, by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Internet Archive. (Submitted on May 6, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Women •
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