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Robinson: Poems [Hardcover]

Edwin Arlington Robinson , Scott Donaldson

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Feb. 6 2007 Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was the first of the great American modernist poets."No poet ever understood loneliness and separateness better than Robinson," James Dickey has observed. Robinson's lyric poems illuminate the hearts and minds of the most unlikely subjects—the downtrodden, the bereft, and the misunderstood. Even while writing in meter and rhyme, he used everyday language with unprecedented power, wit, and sensitivity. With his keen understanding of ordinary people and a gift for harnessing the rhythms of conversational speech, Robinson created the vivid character portraits for which he is best known, among them "Aunt Imogen," "Isaac and Archibald," "Miniver Cheevy," and "Richard Cory." Most of his poems are set in the fictive Tilbury Town—based on his boyhood home of Gardiner, Maine—but his work reaches far beyond its particular locality in its focus on struggle and redemption in human experience.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (Feb. 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307265765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307265760
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2 x 16.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #524,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars highest batting average book of poetry in my collection May 12 2011
By Carl G. - Published on
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He's not a household name--although he won three Pulitzers in the '20s---but Edwin Robinson is a delightful find for anybody who loves words and sounds and rhythms and meanings. My other favorite poets are Byron, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Poe, Dickenson....and Edwin Robinson is, to my way of thinking, the most consistent of them all. It's a unique style. These poems could only be his. The Everyman's edition is a gem, with fine paper, stout binding, sewn-in bookmark. If you even kind of like poetry, I am sure you'll love this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Major American Poet June 25 2010
By Ole Boye - Published on
This is a beautiful collection, with a unique music and a striking originality. "Luke Havergal", "John Evereldown", "Calverly's", "Eros Turannos" and "Lancelot" are personal favorites, but I have barely begun to sound the depths of this wonderful collection. Robinson evokes a great many moods, from austere sorrow and longing ("Lancelot"), to haunting love poems ("Luke Havergal") to bawdy and morbid songs ("John Evereldown"). The book is solidly bound, pocket-sized and elegantly designed. I strongly recommend this edition of Robinson's poems to anyone, especially lovers of Trumbull Stickney.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, what a treasure! Jan. 23 2009
By Jack E. Stoudenmire Jr. - Published on
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A slender volume, carefully stocked with some of Robinson's finest poems. There are some notable omissions, but the most famous ones are here; and for the price, it's a can't-lose addition to one's own library, ideal as a gift.
5.0 out of 5 stars Poems to share... June 15 2013
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For such a well known poet, the reviews are sparse promoting this book. It is a well made, hard cover, pocket sized volume of poetry. It is reasonably priced. Robinson poems could be read aloud to various audiences for various occasions. Often quoted and even made into song famously by Simon and Garfunkel, Robinson's poems are complex in structure while lyrical and often humorously ironic. If you love poetry and are seeking something less didactic and angry than today's hip hop poetry slam, or if you like your poems to tell a story, then consider this volume.
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, the Everyman's Library edition satisfies. In ... Oct. 19 2014
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As always, the Everyman's Library edition satisfies. In this age of the resurgence of rhyme and meter, Robinson's work should be read and appreciated for his elegant schemes, and his penetrating insights.

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