Millay’s 1927 poem “Justice Denied in Massachusetts” echoes, and arguably mocks, T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” urging the reader, “Let us abandon then our gardens and go home . . . Let us go home, and sit in the sitting room.” Millay’s advice was ironic—she (implicitly) critiqued the alienation of Eliot’s and other modernists’ poetry, inspired by the controversial sentence imposed on what pair?
NICOLA SACCO, BARTOLOMEO VANZETTI