Burial was published in Millay's poetry collection, Second April (1921). It is featured in our Gothic Literature Study Guide.

     Mine is a body that should die at sea!
       And have for a grave, instead of a grave
     Six feet deep and the length of me,
       All the water that is under the wave!

     And terrible fishes to seize my flesh,
       Such as a living man might fear,
     And eat me while I am firm and fresh,—
       Not wait till I've been dead for a year!

Many of Millay's works are featured in our collection of Poetry for Students


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