Edwin Arlington Robinson

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

A Happy Man - Poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson

When these graven lines you see,
Traveller, do not pity me;
Though I be among the dead,
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Comments about A Happy Man by Edwin Arlington Robinson

  • (1/11/2010 1:05:00 PM)

    The man in the poem is refering to us as 'Travellers' (of this world) , tells us that he lived a happy life, married his sons 'right' and had grandsons, and now that even he is dead he is still happy because he lived a happy life. (Report) Reply

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  • Emma Adamyan (1/11/2010 12:37:00 PM)

    the poem is a touchy describing though. simple and clear (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2010 11:49:00 AM)

    Why do we need rest?
    it is a myth
    is no truth;
    many dreams and sleep
    in the name of meditation;
    words are in mouth
    thoughts are not worth
    in the name of prayers;
    In real life
    there is no rest as well work,
    life is full of rest
    and full of work
    sleep and awake is routine...
    it is a parallel process
    but one comes after another
    no work and no rest..
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  • 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

  • (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

  • 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

  • (2/18/2009 7:33:00 PM)

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

  • 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

  • (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

  • 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

  • (1/11/2008 5:52:00 PM)

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

  • (1/11/2008 12:27:00 PM)

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

  • (1/11/2008 9:18:00 AM)

    no lord in this.
    adgjadh; jgha; kgjhadlgjk; ; ad
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  • (1/11/2008 1:55:00 AM)

    a lucky man indeed a lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • (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...
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  • (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

  • (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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