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In the poem "love is not all" Edna St. Vincent Millay explores the idea that love is not everything but it is important. on to the necessities for survival in life. She further suggests that love comes with negative connotations and should not be given as much importance as survival. The first half of the poem deals with what love cannot do. Love is not a lifesaver, shelter, or a doctor. The second half is …

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…depression, low self-esteem and frustration the author shows that even though a person's body is very much alive, love can destroy one's inner self-image. Although a literal interpretation of death can be drawn from Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet." A further notion of destroying ones self-confidence can be drawn from the idea of being "Pinned down by pain and moaning for release." The person described in this context is helpless and is aching for his pursuit of