Edwin Arlington Robinson
Edwin Arlington Robinson Poems
- Richard Cory Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people...
- A Happy Man When these graven lines you see, Traveller, do ...
- Mr. Flood's Party Old Eben Flood, climbing alone one night ...
- Afterthoughts We parted where the old gas-lamp still burned ...
- The House On The Hill They are all gone away, The house is ...
- Ballad Of Dead Friends As we the withered ferns By the ...
- An Old Story Strange that I did not know him then. That ...
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 months old, when they visited a holiday resort; other vacationers decided that he should have a name, and selected a man from Arlington, Massachusetts to draw a name out of a hat.
Robinson's early difficulties led many of his poems to have a dark pessimism and his stories to deal with "an American dream gone ... more »
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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.
And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
'Good-morning,' and he glittered when he walked.
And he was rich - yes, richer than a king -
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.
So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went ...