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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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Supremacy
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The Wise Brothers
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The Garden
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Peace on Earth
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The Man Against the Sky
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Richard Cory 315 Views
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Miniver Cheevy
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Zola
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A Happy Man
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Credo
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Shadrach O'Leary 225 Views
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An Old Story 224 Views
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How Annandale Went Out
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New England
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The White Lights
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Isaac and Archibald
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Walt Whitman
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The Mill
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Two Octaves
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Aunt Imogen
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Vain Gratuities
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Recalled 188 Views
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Two Men
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Flammonde
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The Children of the Night
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The Dark Hills 177 Views
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Ballad by the Fire
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George Crabbe
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Aaron Stark
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Tact
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Calvary
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The House on the Hill 160 Views
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The Pity of the Leaves
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Cassandra
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The Wandering Jew
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Bokardo
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Leonora
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Another Dark Lady
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Her Eyes
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Ballad of Dead Friends
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Cliff Klingenhagen 142 Views
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Rembrandt to Rembrandt
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L'envoy
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Lancelot
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Mr. Flood's Party
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Hillcrest
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Lazarus
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But for the Grace of God
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The Old King's New Jester
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Lost Anchors
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The Clinging Vine
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The Town Down by the River
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Ballad of a Ship
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Many Are Called
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The Master
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For Some Poems by Matthew Arnold
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Old King Cole
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Ballad of Broken Flutes
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An Island
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Captain Craig
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Firelight 123 Views
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Tasker Norcross
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The Valley of the Shadow
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The Clerks
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Bewick Finzer
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Rahel to Varnhagen
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The Torrent
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The Chorus of Old Men in Aegus
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Twilight Song
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Afterthoughts
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As a World Would Have It
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Ben Jonson Entertains a Man from Stratford
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Villanelle of Change
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Reuben Bright
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The Gift of God
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The Sage
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The Return of Morgan and Fingal
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Thomas Hood
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Eros Turannos
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The Woman and the Wife
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John Evereldown
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Merlin
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For a Dead Lady
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The Tavern
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A Song at Shannon's
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Dear Friends
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Bon Voyage
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Partnership
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Souvenir 100 Views
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Stafford's Cabin
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The Whip
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Charles Carville's Eyes
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The Book of Annandale
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Atherton's Gambit
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An Evangelist's Wife 97 Views
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Llewellyn and the Tree
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Nimmo
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The Field of Glory
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Late Summer
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The Story of the Ashes and the Flame
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Caput Mortuum 88 Views
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Lisette and Eileen
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The Long Race
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The Poor Relation
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The Three Taverns
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Ben Trovato 86 Views
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The Klondike
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Discovery
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For Ariva
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The Flying Dutchman
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The New Tenants 82 Views
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The World 82 Views
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Luke Havergal
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The Corridor 80 Views
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The False Gods
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Amaryllis
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Exit 77 Views
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Modernities
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Old Trails
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The Rat
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The Wilderness
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Variations of Greek Themes
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Archibald's Example
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Theophilus
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On the Night of a Friend's Wedding 75 Views
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Uncle Ananias
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Vickery's Mountain
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Veteran Sirens
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Calverly's
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Three Quatrains 71 Views
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John Brown
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Fragment
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Sainte-Nitouche
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The Unforgiven
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Inferential 68 Views
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Octaves
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Clavering
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The Sunken Crown
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Avon's Harvest
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John Gorham
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Cortège
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Job the Rejected
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London Bridge
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Two Gardens in Linndale
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Boston 60 Views
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The Pilot
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Alma Mater
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Horace to Leuconoë
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The Voice of Age
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On the Way
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The Tree in Pamela's Garden
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Verlaine
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Leffingwell
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Monadnock through the Trees 54 Views
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Sonnet
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The Growth of Lorraine
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Fleming Helphenstine
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Pasa Thalassa Thalassa
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The Companion 44 Views
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The Dead Village
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Erasmus 41 Views
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Siege Perilous
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Two Quatrains
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Momus
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Lingard and the Stars
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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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