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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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The Garden
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Peace on Earth
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Miniver Cheevy
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Richard Cory 219 ViewsRate it
Shadrach O'Leary 219 ViewsRate it
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The White Lights
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Isaac and Archibald
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Two Octaves
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Vain Gratuities
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Recalled 187 ViewsRate it
Two Men
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How Annandale Went Out
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New England
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The Dark Hills 162 ViewsRate it
George Crabbe
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An Old Story 153 ViewsRate it
The Man Against the Sky
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The House on the Hill 151 ViewsRate it
Aunt Imogen
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Ballad by the Fire
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Aaron Stark
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The Mill
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The Pity of the Leaves
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Another Dark Lady
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Rembrandt to Rembrandt
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The Wandering Jew
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A Happy Man
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Mr. Flood's Party
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Ballad of Dead Friends
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Lost Anchors
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The Children of the Night
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The Old King's New Jester
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For Some Poems by Matthew Arnold
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The Clinging Vine
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The Town Down by the River
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Ballad of Broken Flutes
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Her Eyes
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An Island
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But for the Grace of God
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Many Are Called
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Ballad of a Ship
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Tasker Norcross
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Rahel to Varnhagen
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The Chorus of Old Men in Aegus
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Old King Cole
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Twilight Song
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As a World Would Have It
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The Master
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The Sage
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Villanelle of Change
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The Return of Morgan and Fingal
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Ben Jonson Entertains a Man from Stratford
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Firelight 111 ViewsRate it
The Torrent
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Walt Whitman
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Thomas Hood
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The Gift of God
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The Tavern
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The Valley of the Shadow
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A Song at Shannon's
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Souvenir 98 ViewsRate it
Atherton's Gambit
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The Book of Annandale
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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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Charles Carville's Eyes
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Stafford's Cabin
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Bewick Finzer
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The Field of Glory
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The Story of the Ashes and the Flame
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Bon Voyage
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Captain Craig
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Cliff Klingenhagen 91 ViewsRate it
The Clerks
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For a Dead Lady
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Lisette and Eileen
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Eros Turannos
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Dear Friends
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The Klondike
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The Long Race
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Caput Mortuum 85 ViewsRate it
Late Summer
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For Ariva
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Reuben Bright
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The New Tenants 81 ViewsRate it
The Corridor 80 ViewsRate it
The Flying Dutchman
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John Evereldown
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Old Trails
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Variations of Greek Themes
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The Poor Relation
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The Wilderness
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Archibald's Example
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Exit 75 ViewsRate it
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The World 73 ViewsRate it
Vickery's Mountain
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The Woman and the Wife
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Three Quatrains 70 ViewsRate it
Uncle Ananias
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On the Night of a Friend's Wedding 69 ViewsRate it
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Inferential 68 ViewsRate it
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The Sunken Crown
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John Brown
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The False Gods
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Luke Havergal
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The Unforgiven
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Avon's Harvest
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Job the Rejected
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Two Gardens in Linndale
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Boston 60 ViewsRate it
Veteran Sirens
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The Rat
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Horace to Leuconoë
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London Bridge
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John Gorham
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The Pilot
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The Voice of Age
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Alma Mater
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The Growth of Lorraine
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The Three Taverns
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On the Way
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Pasa Thalassa Thalassa
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Monadnock through the Trees 49 ViewsRate it
Ben Trovato 48 ViewsRate it
The Tree in Pamela's Garden
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The Companion 41 ViewsRate it
Erasmus 40 ViewsRate it
Fleming Helphenstine
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Lingard and the Stars
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The Dead Village
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Two Quatrains
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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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The Dark House
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The Revealer
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