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Edwin Arlington Robinson Essay

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Edwin Arlington Robinson was a depressed and sorrowful poet of the late nineteenth and early twentieth. On December 22, 1869, he was born in Head Tide, Maine to Edward and Mary Elizabeth Palmer Robinson. Hyatt H. Waggoner, author of “E. A. Robinson” writes that Robinson hated the name Edwin Arlington, because it was randomly picked by a stranger and is showed the “accidental nature of man's fate” (228). He was raised in a wealthy household and a highly educated neighborhood that sparked his curiosity for literature. Dr. Alanson T. Schumann , Robinson’s childhood neighbor, cultivated Robinson’s poetic interests as a high school by having him do metric exercises His childhood was uneventful and had no notable trauma or hardships.
Although he lived a rather decent life as a child, his adulthood was anything but that. After multiple works had been turned down, Robinson started to spiralling into depression. When he became depressed, he started drinking which caused it to worsen. Robinson was even dangerously close to committing suicide, following the path of his older brothers. A response that a critic issued about some of Robinson’s poems, saddened him a put him into a period where he released very few works. In 1905, President Roosevelt gave him a job in the New York Customs House which boosted his confidence, so he began to write more consistently.
Robinson’s adulthood was troubled and he went through many trials that made his writing the

way it is. Robinson’s life was primarily troubled, but he also had some high points and successes.He was wealthy and pleasant during his childhood but that would change when adulthood arrived. When he became independent of his family, the struggles began. Throughout Robinson’s troubled life, poverty, depression, and alcoholism affected his life.
In the middle of his career, Robinson wrote a short poem called “Richard Cory” and it captured his feelings at the time. The poem begins with the narrator describing a man named Richard Cory. The narrator said, “ He was gentleman from sole to crown, Clean favored, and imperially slim” (“Richard Cory”, lines 3-4). Cory was a well groomed and viewed as royalty by the people in the town in which he lived. Then in the next stanza he adds how he was wealthy and properly taught. When he walked into town everybody stopped what they were doing and watched him, and showed that all the town’s people aspired to be like him. Finally, he says that Cory went home and shot himself in the head one summer night.
The author uses imagery to show who really Richard Cory was and to show his material wealth. Robinson displayed the wealth of Richard Cory in many ways throughout the poems. Robinson said, “And he was rich--yes, richer than a king--” (“Richard Cory”, line 9). That showed that he had extreme wealth, because kings are normally wealthy. The poem starts out bright and cheerful, because the narrator is reminiscing about Richard Cory and how he was a rich, clean, and...

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