by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this poem?
"First Fig" is sort of like a Pixar film: sure, it's got dirty jokes, but only if you're adult enough to read into them. As we discuss in "Themes," this poem could easily be about Millay's bisexuality. But it could also be about death. Or love. Or just about any other big thing that structures our lives. Let's put it this way: you could read it in a third grade classroom and not get in any trouble at all.