At the same time, Millay explores the age-old conflict between the heart and the head, kicking herself that all along that she knew how this particular relationship was going to turn out — but threw herself in head-first regardless:. Bad luck in love seemed to run in her family. Her mother divorced when Millay was 8 years old and thereafter raised Edna and her two sisters alone. Until then her life was marked by a string of love affairs; many passionate and intense, most of which ended suddenly leaving Millay distraught more than once. She began to adopt a fatalistic streak towards her loves and lovers, never fully believing that her relationships could ever last. In the third line of Sonnet 29 she pointedly mentions that, once beauties passed away , love always seems to start looking elsewhere as well.