One more from Edna St. Vincent Millay before moving back to modern poets. As a teenager, when I read (and memorized) many of her poems, I loved her dark side. Here’s one of my favorites.
“Heaven bless the babe,” they said.
“What queer books she must have read!”
(Love, by whom I was beguiled,
Grant I may not bear a child!)
“Little does she guess today
What the world may be,” they say.
(Snow, drift deep and cover
Till the spring my murdered lover!)
– Edna St. Vincent Millay
Published in The Dial, 1918