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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 ("Tilbury Down" and "The Mill"), the tyranny of love ("Eros Turrannos" and "The Unfor ...more
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Published December 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1966)
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Holly
Oct 03, 2011 Holly rated it did not like it
Disappointing. E.A Robinson wrote too much, but his great stuff is still great. Also, he is practically forgotten this day and age so that should tell you something. The beginning of the book reads well but by 1/4th the way through you realize the book has been padded. The sonnets at the beginning are great. Worth a look, esp since he influenced Frost and American style poetry.
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Edwin Arlington Robinson, three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in the 1920s, was born in Alna and grew up in Gardiner; he described his childhood as “stark and unhappy.”
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Mar 02, 2008 Martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This guy's poems don't do anything for me, but i love the fact that Teddy Roosevelt gave him a cushy job so he could keep writing.
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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"

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".

In 1896 he
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