Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Maine / United States
Edwin Arlington Robinson
Maine / United States
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Edwin Arlington Robinson was an American poet who won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.


Robinson was born in Head Tide, Lincoln County, Maine, but his family moved to Gardiner, Maine, in 1870. He described his childhood in Maine as "stark and unhappy": his parents, having wanted a girl, did not name him until he was six mon ...
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Richard Cory
Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.
A Happy Man
When these graven lines you see,
Traveller, do not pity me;
Though I be among the dead,
Let no mournful word be said.
Mr. Flood's Party
Old Eben Flood, climbing alone one night
Over the hill between the town below
And the forsaken upland hermitage
That held as much as he should ever know
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Strange that I did not know him then.
That friend of mine!
I did not even show him then
One friendly sign;
The House On The Hill
They are all gone away,
The house is shut and still,
There is nothing more to say.


Michael Walker 11 February 2020
Some say that his poetry is old-fashioned, slightly out of date. However, I find elegance, craftsmanship and psychological depth in Robinson's best poems. To me, his writing endures.
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richard borda 23 July 2018
Silence If silence is to avoid the restless crowd but go todepths where mystery abounds then return with kerygma loud tis not silence but heavenly sounds
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Christopher Gozdava 11 January 2012
The poem A Happy Man is an example for me of poorly sounding, but a metrically correct poem. One more proof that it is not a form but a final pleasing outcome that makes any art valuable.
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