Where the mountains meet the sea is the description given to Camden, Maine.
You see the mountain in the foreground? That is Mt. Battie, a much visited site that overlooks Camden and the islands in Penobscot Bay. One of Mt. Battie’s claims to fame is that it may have been the view from the top that influenced Edna St. Vincent Millay’s well known poem Renascence, composed when she was a Camden teenager and first recited to guests at the Whitehall Inn.
From her humble Camden beginning, Millay went on to become a Pulitzer prize winner and one of the best known poets of her era. Today she is remembered with a bronze statue set in a park overlooking Camden Harbor and with the opening words of Renascence engraved in a plaque at the top of Mt. Battie. Standing there, it is easy to see what she glimpsed and to whisper her words:
All I could see from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood;
I turned and looked another way,
And saw three islands in a bay.
So with my eyes I traced the line
Of the horizon, thin and fine,
Straight around till I was come
Back to where I’d started from,
And all I saw from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood.
If you are interested in Edna St. Vincent Millay, read her wonderful biography Savage Beauty by Nancy Milford.
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