Edwin Arlington Robinson

American poet

Edwin Arlington Robinson (December 22, 1869April 6, 1935) was an American poet. He was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.

Your Dollar is your only Word,
The wrath of it your only fear...

Quotes edit

  • No matter what we are, and what we sing,
    Time finds a withered leaf in every laurel
    • Closing couplet- Quatrain 111 Children of the Night 1897 edition kindle ebook ASIN B004UJKLY2
  • Oh for a poet - for a beacon bright
    • Opening line of Sonnet Children of the Night 1897 edition kindle ebook ASIN B004UJKLY2
  • 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 he was always human when he talked;
    But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
    "Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked.
    And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
    And admirably schooled in every grace:
    In fine, we thought that he was everything
    To make us wish that we were in his place.
    So on we worked, and waited for the light,
    And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
    And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
    Went home and put a bullet through his head.
    • Children of the Night (1910).
  • I shall have more to say when I am dead.
    • The Three Taverns (1920), "John Brown".
  • Your Dollar is your only Word,
    The wrath of it your only fear.
    You build it altars tall enough
    To make you see, but your are blind;
    You cannot leave it long enough
    To look before you or behind.
    • Cassandra (1950).
  • A thousand golden sheaves were lying there,
    Shining and still, but not for long to stay—
    As if a thousand girls with golden hair
    Might rise from where they slept and go away.
    • The Sheaves (1950).
  • Are we no greater than the noise we make
    Along one blind atomic pilgrimage
    Whereon by crass chance billeted we go
    Because our brains and bones and cartilage
    Will have it so?
    • The Man against the Sky (1950).

Captain Craig (1902) edit

In Captain Craig and Other Poems (1902).
  • He was himself and he had lost the speed
    He started with, and he was left behind.
  • You have made
    The cement of your churches out of tears
    And ashes, and the fabric will not stand.
  • The gods are growing old;
    The stars are singing Golden hair to gray
    Green leaf to yellow leaf,—or chlorophyl
    To xanthophyl, to be more scientific.
  • We are young
    And we are friends of time.

Quotes about Edwin Arlington Robinson edit

  • Another poem that I loved first as music, later pondered for what it could tell me about women and men and marriage, was Edwin Arlington Robinson's "Eros Turannos":

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