Overview

Edwin Arlington Robinson's finely crafted, formal rhythms mirror the tension the poet sees between life's immutable circumstances and humanity's often tragic attempts to exert control. At once dramatic and witty, his poems lay bare the loneliness and despair of life in genteel small towns, the tyranny of love, and unspoken, unnoticed suffering. The fictional characters he created in "Ruben Bright," "Miniver Cheevy," and "Richard Cory," and the historical figures he brought to life--Lincoln in "The Master" and the...
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Overview

Edwin Arlington Robinson's finely crafted, formal rhythms mirror the tension the poet sees between life's immutable circumstances and humanity's often tragic attempts to exert control. At once dramatic and witty, his poems lay bare the loneliness and despair of life in genteel small towns, the tyranny of love, and unspoken, unnoticed suffering. The fictional characters he created in "Ruben Bright," "Miniver Cheevy," and "Richard Cory," and the historical figures he brought to life--Lincoln in "The Master" and the great painter in "Rembrandt to Rembrandt"--harbor demons and passions the world treats with indifference or cruelty. With an introduction that sheds light on Robinson's influence on poets from Eliot and Pound to Frost and Berryman, this collection bring an unjustly neglected poet to a new generation of readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101662021
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Series: Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 629 KB

Meet the Author

 Robert Faggen teaches at Claremont McKenna College.


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Table of Contents

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
John Evereldown 3
Luke Havergal 5
Villanelle of Change 7
The House on the Hill 8
Richard Cory 9
Calvary 10
Dear Friends 11
The Story of the Ashes and the Flame 12
Amaryllis 13
Zola 14
The Pity of the Leaves 15
Aaron Stark 16
The Garden 17
Cliff Klingenhagen 18
Reuben Bright 19
The Altar 20
The Tavern 21
George Crabbe 22
Credo 23
On the Night of a Friend's Wedding 24
Sonnet 25
Isaac and Archibald 26
Aunt Imogen 39
The Growth of "Lorraine" 44
Erasmus 46
The Woman and the Wife 47
Merlin 49
The Master 52
Calverly's 55
Uncle Ananias 57
The Whip 59
The White Lights 61
Exit 62
Leonora 63
Doctor of Billiards 64
How Annandale Went Out 65
Alma Mater 66
Miniver Cheevy 67
The Pilot 69
Vickery's Mountain 70
For a Dead Lady 73
Two Gardens in Linndale 74
Flammonde 78
The Gift of God 82
John Gorham 84
Stafford's Cabin 87
Hillcrest 89
Eros Turannos 91
The Unforgiven 93
Veteran Sirens 95
Another Dark Lady 96
The Dark House 97
The Poor Relation 99
Llewellyn and the Tree 102
Bewick Finzer 107
Bokardo 109
The Wandering Jew 113
The Mill 117
The Dark Hills 118
The Three Taverns 119
Demos 130
The Flying Dutchman 132
Tact 133
John Brown 134
The False Gods 141
Archibald's Example 143
Lazarus 144
Mr. Flood's Party 154
Ben Trovato 156
The Tree in Pamela's Garden 157
Vain Gratuities 158
Lost Anchors 159
Recalled 160
Modernities 161
Afterthoughts 162
Caput Mortuum 163
Monadnock Through the Trees 164
Many Are Called 165
Rembrandt to Rembrandt 166
Haunted House 176
The Sheaves 177
Karma 178
New England 179
Hector Kane 180
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2003

    Some of the best dark poetry ever.

    Richard Cory, Miniver Cheevy, Bewick Finzer, The Mill, Llewellyn and The Tree, Mr. Flood's Party, On The Night Of A Friend's Wedding, etc. These are dark and fascinating. The introduction is excellent. In the intro, E.A.R. is described: 'He lived a hermit's existance in a cosmopolitan world...' I love this collection.

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