Edwin Arlington Robinson

(22 December 1869 – 6 April 1935 / Maine / United States)

A Happy Man


When these graven lines you see,
Traveller, do not pity me;
Though I be among the dead,
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  • Rookie Kevin Straw (1/11/2010 8:06:00 AM)

    This is not a happy man, this is an insufferably smug man - the lines: 'Death nor sorrow never brought/Cause for one unhappy thought.' are those of a man immune to feeling. Anyway, sorrow is an unhappy thought. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Aira Olayvar (1/11/2010 7:03:00 AM)

    Happiness brought by contentment… he is lucky for not all of us find life as it is… (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 508 Points Ramesh T A (1/11/2010 2:11:00 AM)

    A fulfilled life makes one a happy man indeed! A nice poem to think in that line for all! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 228 Points John Shea (2/18/2009 7:33:00 PM)

    old ed just wrote about real life...nothing more...nothing less (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 20 Points Michelle Melody (1/11/2009 9:53:00 PM)

    Aaah but the solving of the problem lies in the last words, the man is talking from the other side of death and he talks about being in the region of the blest... so he must've been a good man then right? ! Good and happy, resting peacefully. Would a dead person lie... a dead person has all the answers, so he must've been content with his life before death. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Pruchnicki (1/11/2009 12:38:00 PM)

    There the happy man lies at rest 'in the region of the blest'! A contented elder savoring from beyond the grave his carefree and untroubled life among the living, he reflects on how he sailed through the troubles that may have beset others. And yet on second thought, this reader wonders if he didn't indeed slip and slide through his days on earth in the quiet sloughs of despond, ignoring reality for a humdrum existence measuring up to societal expectations. After all, he 'married his three sons right, ' suggesting that daddy knew best about the brides his sons should take. And he influenced his grandchildren from cradle to a consummation he doubtless had in mind for them from their day of birth. Perhaps his sons and his grandsons shed no tears at his going to his 'quiet rest, ' thankful to be rid of a 'happy man' who foisted his ideas of the good on them. Perhaps there were tears and sighs of anger at what he had done to them. As a notorious preacher intoned recently, it's not God bless a happy man, it's goddamn a miserable SOB! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 20 Points Michelle Melody (1/11/2009 1:48:00 AM)

    I like this poem and it is possible to feel this way, anyone who doubts this have not spent enough time with a content elder. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Angeline Andre (1/11/2008 5:52:00 PM)

    i like it i think it was nice but i like edgar no bias (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Erik Lee (1/11/2008 12:27:00 PM)

    A happy man, indeed. But words are images.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Christopher Blanck (1/11/2008 9:18:00 AM)

    no lord in this.
    adgjadh; jgha; kgjhadlgjk; ; ad (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Archie Langford (1/11/2008 1:55:00 AM)

    a lucky man indeed a lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie quercus : I've never got paid for my hits... (1/11/2007 4:54:00 PM)

    I love this poem - it tells the story of a man who died with a great accomlishment -
    a family he created out of his love and passion... A happy man indeed... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mhdeia Iwannou (1/11/2007 7:48:00 AM)

    It seems to me that he has been dead long before he wrote this poem. Like he expresses the pessimism one can get, having lived a boring life. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Louise Myers (1/11/2006 12:34:00 PM)

    I just loved this write. It expresses to me a man
    that is drawing his strength from His Lord.
    His body may be found here among others
    laid to rest, but he will be very much alive
    with the Lord forevermore. So this is the
    reason that he wants no tears for himself,
    his life here on earth has been a full one
    with children and grandchildren. (Report) Reply



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