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Travel (SAB Choir) - Text by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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By John M. Licari

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Piano Accompaniment, Voice, Soprano Voice, Alto Voice, Baritone Voice, SAB - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by John M. Licari. 21st Century, Repertoire, Classroom. Octavo. 16 pages. Published by Music Preparation Services (S0.405489).

Item Number: S0.405489

The 1923 poem “Travel” by Edna St. Vincent Millay tries to convey a sense of longing for a better life, or on a larger sense a better world.  The train imagery in the poem is a metaphor for the escape itself into a better life, or world.  Although the longing for a better something is present, the author still describes sentimental feelings for people in her past – “my heart is warm with the friends I make, and better friends I’ll not be knowing.”  But even though the author holds these sentimental feelings close to her heart, the last two lines of poem tell us that she is ready and willing to pick up and leave in order to satisfy her desire for a better something – “Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take, no matter where it’s going.”  

 Even though the train imagery is very descriptive and vivid, the musical setting of this poem doesn’t depict the train imagery, but rather the longing in the author’s voice to leave.  

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