New York: Harper & Brothers, 1940. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, with publisher's code K-P. Publisher's three-quarter black cloth over dark gray-blue paper-covered boards, white paper label to spine lettered in black. A very good copy with some light soiling to front board and bumping to extremities, spine label toned. Make Bright the Arrows is one of Millay's most political works, and one of her most poorly received, as it was largely denounced as anti-fascist propaganda. Lamenting the destruction caused by the attacks in Europe during the first world war, her writing discusses the experience of wartime on the home front through the eyes of a female persona, relying on emotions and allegory to convey the evils of the war. Typical of women's poetry during wartime, this work was dismissed by many critics because it lacked the excitement and urgency of work inspired by life on the front lines of battle. The work damaged Millay's reputation at the time, but earned her a place in modern discussions of political feminist poetry.