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Edwin Arlington Robinson was an American poet who won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work Edwin Arlington Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry three times in 1922 for his first Collected Poems in 1925 for The Man Who Died Twice and in 1928 for Tristram 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 Robinsons early difficulties led many of his poems to have a dark pessimism and his stories to deal with an American dream gone awry His brother Dean died of a drug overdose His other brother Herman a handsome and charismatic man married the woman Edwin himself loved but Herman suffered business failures became an alcoholic and ended up estranged from his wife and children dying impoverished in a charity hospital in 1901 Robinsons poem Richard Cory is thought to refer to this brother In late 1891 at the age of 21 Edwin entered Harvard University as a special student He took classes in English French and Shakespeare as well as one on Anglo-Saxon that he later dropped His mission was not to get all As as he wrote his friend Harry Smith B and in that vicinity is a very comfortable and safe place to hang His real desire was to get published in one of the Harvard literary journals Within the first fortnight of being there The Harvard Advocate published Robinsons Ballade of a Ship He was even invited to meet with the editors but when he returned he complained to his friend Mowry Saben I sat there among them unable to say a word Robinsons literary career had false-started Edwins father Edward died after Edwins first year at Harvard Edwin returned to Harvard for a second year but it was to be his last one as a student there Though short his stay in Cambridge included some of his most cherished experiences and there he made his most lasting friendships He wrote his friend Harry Smith on June 21 1893 I suppose this is the last letter I shall ever write you from Harvard The thought seems a little queer but it cannot be otherwise Sometimes I try to imagine the state my mind would be in had I never come here but I cannot I feel that I have got comparatively little from my two years but still more than I could get in Gardiner if I lived a century Robinson had returned to Gardiner by mid-1893 He had plans to start writing seriously In October he wrote his friend Gledhill Writing has been my dream ever since I was old enough to lay a plan for an air castle Now for the first time I seem to have something like a favorable opportunity and this winter I shall make a beginning With his father gone Edwin became the man of the household He tried farming and developed a close relationship with his brothers wife Emma Robinson who after her husband Hermans death moved back to Gardiner with her children She twice rejected marriage proposals from Edwin after which he permanently left Gardiner He moved to New York where he led a precarious existence as an impoverished poet while cultivating friendships with other writers artists and would-be intellectuals In 1896 he self-published his first book The Torrent and the Night Before paying 100 dollars for 500 copies Robinson meant it as a surprise for his mother Days before the copies arrived Mary Palmer Robinson died of diphtheria His second volume The Children of the Night had a somewhat wider circulation Its readers included President Theodore Roosevelts son Kermit who recommended it to his father Impressed by the poems and aware of Robinsons straits Roosevelt in 1905 secured the writer a job at the New York Customs Office Robinson remained in the job until Roosevelt left office Gradually his literary successes began to mount He won the Pulitzer Prize three times in the 1920s During the last twenty years of his life he became a regular summer resident at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire where several women made him the object of their devoted attention but he maintained a solitary life and never married Robinson died of cancer on April 6 1935 in the New York Hospital now New York Cornell Hospital in New York City

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List of poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson 173 total

The Burning Book
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The Wise Brothers
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Supremacy
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The Garden
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Peace on Earth
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Shadrach O'Leary 217 ViewsRate it
The White Lights
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Zola
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Richard Cory 196 ViewsRate it
Miniver Cheevy
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Two Octaves
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Recalled 187 ViewsRate it
Vain Gratuities
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Two Men
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Isaac and Archibald
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How Annandale Went Out
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The Dark Hills 153 ViewsRate it
New England
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Tact
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Aunt Imogen
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The House on the Hill 144 ViewsRate it
George Crabbe
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The Mill
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Aaron Stark
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The Man Against the Sky
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Flammonde
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Leonora
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Another Dark Lady
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An Old Story 131 ViewsRate it
L'envoy
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The Pity of the Leaves
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The Wandering Jew
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Hillcrest
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Mr. Flood's Party
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Ballad of Dead Friends
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Rembrandt to Rembrandt
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The Clinging Vine
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The Old King's New Jester
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For Some Poems by Matthew Arnold
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Lancelot
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Bokardo
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Ballad by the Fire
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Many Are Called
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The Town Down by the River
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An Island
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But for the Grace of God
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Lost Anchors
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Tasker Norcross
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Ballad of a Ship
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Cassandra
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Her Eyes
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Rahel to Varnhagen
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The Chorus of Old Men in Aegus
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Ballad of Broken Flutes
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Twilight Song
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As a World Would Have It
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The Sage
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The Master
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The Return of Morgan and Fingal
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Villanelle of Change
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Ben Jonson Entertains a Man from Stratford
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Old King Cole
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The Torrent
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Afterthoughts
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Thomas Hood
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The Children of the Night
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Firelight 99 ViewsRate it
The Gift of God
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The Tavern
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The Valley of the Shadow
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Atherton's Gambit
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Partnership
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Souvenir 97 ViewsRate it
The Book of Annandale
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A Song at Shannon's
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An Evangelist's Wife 96 ViewsRate it
Llewellyn and the Tree
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The Whip
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Nimmo
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A Happy Man
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Charles Carville's Eyes
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The Field of Glory
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The Story of the Ashes and the Flame
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Credo
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Stafford's Cabin
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Bon Voyage
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Lisette and Eileen
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Bewick Finzer
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Eros Turannos
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Merlin
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The Clerks
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The Long Race
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Walt Whitman
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Caput Mortuum 85 ViewsRate it
Late Summer
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Discovery
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For Ariva
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The Klondike
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For a Dead Lady
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The New Tenants 81 ViewsRate it
The Corridor 80 ViewsRate it
The Flying Dutchman
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Reuben Bright
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Calvary
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Old Trails
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The Wilderness
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Theophilus
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Variations of Greek Themes
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Dear Friends
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Modernities
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Exit 73 ViewsRate it
Lazarus
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The Poor Relation
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The World 72 ViewsRate it
Archibald's Example
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Vickery's Mountain
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Captain Craig
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Amaryllis
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Calverly's
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Fragment
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Inferential 68 ViewsRate it
On the Night of a Friend's Wedding 68 ViewsRate it
Three Quatrains 68 ViewsRate it
Uncle Ananias
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Sainte-Nitouche
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The Sunken Crown
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Octaves
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The False Gods
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John Brown
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Avon's Harvest
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Cliff Klingenhagen 63 ViewsRate it
The Unforgiven
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The Woman and the Wife
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Job the Rejected
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Two Gardens in Linndale
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Boston 60 ViewsRate it
John Evereldown
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Veteran Sirens
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Horace to Leuconoë
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Clavering
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The Rat
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London Bridge
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Luke Havergal
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Alma Mater
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John Gorham
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The Growth of Lorraine
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The Voice of Age
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Leffingwell
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Verlaine
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On the Way
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The Three Taverns
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Cortège
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Monadnock through the Trees 49 ViewsRate it
Pasa Thalassa Thalassa
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Ben Trovato 47 ViewsRate it
The Pilot
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The Tree in Pamela's Garden
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Erasmus 39 ViewsRate it
Fleming Helphenstine
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The Companion 38 ViewsRate it
The Dead Village
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Two Quatrains
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Lingard and the Stars
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Sonnet
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Momus
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Siege Perilous
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The Altar
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Two Sonnets
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Doctor of Billiards
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Neighbors
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The Dark House
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The Revealer
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Demos
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