Edwin Arlington Robinson (22 December 1869 – 6 April 1935 / Maine / United States)
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 awry". His ... more »
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- A Happy Man
- A Song at Shannon's
- Aaron Stark
- Alma Mater
- An Evangelist's Wife
- An Island
- An Old Story
- Another Dark Lady
- Archibald's Example
- As a World Would Have It
- Atherton's Gambit
- Aunt Imogen
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''So on we worked, and waited for the light,Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935), U.S. poet. Richard Cory (l. 13-16). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Ox...
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.''
''Poets and kings are but the clerks of Time,Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935), U.S. poet. The Clerks (l. 12-14). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avenel Books.
Tiering the same dull webs of discontent,
Clipping the same sad alnage of the years.''
''You fadeas if the last of daysEdwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935), U.S. poet. The Dark Hills (l. 7-8). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O...
Were fading and all wars were done.''
''They are all gone away,Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935), U.S. poet. The House on the Hill (l. 1-3). . . Modern American Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (8th rev. ed., ...
The house is shut and still,
There is nothing more to say.''