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An Ode to E. A. Robinson

Whispers of talent are carried on New England breezes Dickinson, Hawthorne, and the Irvings’ son Washington Though I sense a special connection to all of these None inspired more than Edwin Arlington Robinson Three Pulitzer Prizes were displayed on his mantle place His childhood in Maine he described as “stark and unhappy” Though he went to Harvard, academics he’d not embrace Arlington’s style was unique and his cadence snappy “Miniver Cheevy,” displaced soul, longed for Medieval years To Miniver I could relate, felt I was born too late Wishing I’d ridden West with America’s pioneers But at least my dreams alcohol will never desecrate For his depressed brother Herman, “Richard Cory” he wrote A handsome man who appeared to enjoy the perfect life But the turmoil in his heart, his exterior did not denote Richard shot himself in the head to put an end to strife Edwin, your character studies touched something deep inside Struggles you described of common men gripped me, made me cry People whose dreams and accomplishments did not coincide I, too, watch life’s play from backstage, feeling like a standby Though I seek to display wit, tragedies pour from my pen And much like my muse, my life seems filled with loneliness As poets we reach out to touch lives of men and women Hoping to find comfort as troubled feelings we express * Written for Jared's "Ode" contest Edwin Arlington Robinson (December 22, 1869 – April 6, 1935) was an American poet born in Maine who won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work. His brother Dr. Dean Robinson died of a drug overdose, perhaps inspiring Robinson to write of the alcoholic dreamer “Miniver Cheevy.”. It has been speculated that his poem "Richard Cory" was penned for his other brother, Herman. E.A. Robinson’s poems have a dark pessimism stemming from dreams gone awry. The style and themes of many of my poems seem to emulate Robinson, who often wrote in rhyming quatrains. “Richard Cory” can be found at http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/richard-cory/. To read “Miniver Cheevy,” go to http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/robinson/12640.

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Date: 12/10/2010 7:34:00 PM
Carolyn, I can't remember if I read this one before. I think so, since I may have told you how much i love that poem Richard Cory. I was really affected by it in high school. It is a stand out poem and you really chose a good poet to discuss with this one. by the way, did edwin's brother commit suicide after all? LUv, andrea ps Congratulations!
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Date: 12/7/2010 6:15:00 AM
Congratulations on your win Carolyn in Jared Pickett's "The Ode" contest. Love,Carol
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Date: 12/5/2010 6:02:00 AM
Congratulations on this well deserved win in the contest of jared, carolyn
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Date: 11/19/2010 11:29:00 PM
i have read this one and can see the genuine love of poetry in the words & empahy,carolyn all the best in the contest.
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Date: 11/19/2010 8:49:00 PM
I like some of the New England artists myself. I probably should read some more E. A. Robinson myself. The poets I was writing about were killed in Russia when Stalin was in power in the 1950's. It was a tragedy of great proportions. I am sure such things have been repeated in other places that I do not know about. Hope you are O.K. Love Matthew A.
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Date: 11/18/2010 4:24:00 PM
I loved reading your poem, thank you!
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Date: 11/17/2010 9:55:00 AM
Thanks for the lesons, Carolyn, for it seemed I was aware of the poems bugt not the poet. I wondered who was he ... and no more, you told his story beautifully and to the concise core.
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Date: 11/16/2010 7:29:00 PM
Good luck Carolyn, informative and well done. Hope there is less loneliness these days. Lots of folks here. Amazing being able to read so many people and get a sense of who they are. Have enjoyed reading your work and your comments including your sharp wit.
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Date: 11/15/2010 1:08:00 PM
Awesome, open, informative write, once again with feeling. I only knew about Richard Cory through Simon and Garfunkel's song of the same name.
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Date: 11/15/2010 4:34:00 AM
A great poem you've penned here, Carolyn! And thank you for the hint to those websites! This must be a winnter and best of luck my friend in the contest! I was so busy with other things and had some health problems so I haven't been much on Soup. Enjoy your fishing!!!Love, Gert
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Date: 11/14/2010 12:36:00 PM
Exceptional tribute Carolyn, Mr Robinson is not a poet I have heard of, too be truthful I have hardly heard of many who have been mentioned on the Soup. But I do know a lovely write when I read one, and this is no exception. Good luck in Jared's contest >> James :)
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Date: 11/14/2010 10:13:00 AM
Hi Carolyn . Having read some more of work by E.A. Robinson I revisited this . Getting a clearer comprehension of this great man's worth and of your startling ability to convey thoughts through words. Thanks again,I was delighted at my placing in the contest, Eamon
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Date: 11/14/2010 8:57:00 AM
Thnx for congratulatory msg for winning HM in contest entry "Stars I hankered after"........ Luv/best wishes.......Hitendra Mehta
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Date: 11/14/2010 7:49:00 AM
gone to church got to comment later.
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Date: 11/14/2010 6:37:00 AM
A Winner by far....Bravo my dear...Bravo!!! with love Michael
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Date: 11/13/2010 7:24:00 PM
A beautiful piece here really loved the last two stanzas. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.
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Date: 11/13/2010 4:57:00 PM
Hi Carolyn, I applaud you for the rich texture of this Ode. Well written! Thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment. God bless. Joy (Jew)
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Date: 11/13/2010 11:02:00 AM
I am not familiar with this man..but will read up on him..thanks for the insight in this great piece. I didnt know RF..it was a spititual journey..My last stanza said a "dream"..but several people have asked me that..I quess I didnt make it clear..lol..Love, BG
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Date: 11/13/2010 10:31:00 AM
You have introduced me to a poet I have not found before. I will look him up. I am not drawn to dark poetry and I cannot write it. Sad yes but not morbid. Thank you dear poetess for your kind and loving words about my Ode to Robert Frost. Love, Joyce
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Date: 11/13/2010 9:00:00 AM
the rhyme in this poem is real
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Date: 11/13/2010 2:25:00 AM
Very informative write,Carolyn.Lines are powerful to reveal the intensity inspiration on your soul from Robinson.Good luck.
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Date: 11/13/2010 2:19:00 AM
GREAT! Edward Arlington Robinson is one poet i will never stop emulating. he inspired me to write"i cry and the groaning soul" expressing how some people can be okay physically and not okay, inwardly.great write ma. love, melody maker...
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Date: 11/12/2010 9:07:00 PM
Carolyn, you have once again tickled my curiosity with this write. Will definitely have a look at more of his work. Great ode you got here. Wishing you all the best for the contest.. Love Wilma
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Date: 11/12/2010 6:49:00 PM
Great poem and tribute, Carolyn...I love his poetry, especially his sonnets..."Credo" is one of my favorites...To me it is rather haunting and somewhat troubling but absolutly flawless and beautiful and I never get tired of reading it! Tim
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Date: 11/12/2010 6:28:00 PM
great tribute to one of your favorite artist. john
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