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Edwin Arlington Robinson

1869 - 1935

Edwin Arlington Robinson was one of the most prolific major American poets of the 20th century. Ironically, despite his extensive literary output, very few of his poems have won renown. Nowadays, he is regarded as unique among the American poets of his time for his devotion to his art. During his lifetime, he won 3 Pulitzer Prizes and was nominated 4 times for the Nobel Prize in Literature.


Classics

Ballade of Dead Friends

As we the withered ferns
By the roadway lying,
Time, the jester, spurns
All our prayers and prying–
All our tears and sighing,
Sorrow, change, and woe–
All our where-and-whying
For friends... [+]


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Richard Cory

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And... [+]


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The House on the Hill

They are all gone away,
The House is shut and still,
There is nothing more to say.

Through broken walls and gray
The winds blow bleak and shrill:
They are all gone away.

Nor is there one... [+]


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Why He Was There

Much as he left it when he went from us
Here was the room again where he had been
So long that something of him should be seen,
Or felt–and so it was. Incredulous,
I turned about, loath to be... [+]


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Mr. Flood's Party

Old Eben Flood, climbing alone one night
Over the hill between the town below
And the forsaken upland hermitage
That held as much as he should ever know
On earth again of home, paused warily.
The... [+]