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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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Supremacy 357 ViewsRate it:
The Garden 315 ViewsRate it:
Peace on Earth 303 ViewsRate it:
Shadrach O'Leary 217 ViewsRate it:
The White Lights 197 ViewsRate it:
Richard Cory 194 ViewsRate it:
Zola 191 ViewsRate it:
Two Octaves 189 ViewsRate it:
Recalled 183 ViewsRate it:
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Two Men 174 ViewsRate it:
How Annandale Went Out 171 ViewsRate it:
Isaac and Archibald 157 ViewsRate it:
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The House on the Hill 144 ViewsRate it:
The Mill 143 ViewsRate it:
Tact 142 ViewsRate it:
George Crabbe 141 ViewsRate it:
Aaron Stark 140 ViewsRate it:
Aunt Imogen 140 ViewsRate it:
Leonora 131 ViewsRate it:
Another Dark Lady 130 ViewsRate it:
Flammonde 129 ViewsRate it:
L'envoy 129 ViewsRate it:
The Pity of the Leaves 129 ViewsRate it:
An Old Story 128 ViewsRate it:
The Wandering Jew 126 ViewsRate it:
Rembrandt to Rembrandt 126 ViewsRate it:
Mr. Flood's Party 125 ViewsRate it:
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Hillcrest 124 ViewsRate it:
Ballad of Dead Friends 123 ViewsRate it:
For Some Poems by Matthew Arnold 121 ViewsRate it:
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Lancelot 118 ViewsRate it:
Ballad of a Ship 117 ViewsRate it:
Ballad by the Fire 117 ViewsRate it:
But for the Grace of God 117 ViewsRate it:
The Chorus of Old Men in Aegus 117 ViewsRate it:
Ballad of Broken Flutes 116 ViewsRate it:
Many Are Called 116 ViewsRate it:
Tasker Norcross 116 ViewsRate it:
Her Eyes 114 ViewsRate it:
The Sage 114 ViewsRate it:
As a World Would Have It 113 ViewsRate it:
Rahel to Varnhagen 113 ViewsRate it:
Twilight Song 113 ViewsRate it:
Lost Anchors 112 ViewsRate it:
The Master 112 ViewsRate it:
The Return of Morgan and Fingal 112 ViewsRate it:
Villanelle of Change 111 ViewsRate it:
The Town Down by the River 110 ViewsRate it:
Ben Jonson Entertains a Man from Stratford 109 ViewsRate it:
Cassandra 109 ViewsRate it:
Old King Cole 109 ViewsRate it:
Thomas Hood 103 ViewsRate it:
The Tavern 99 ViewsRate it:
The Children of the Night 98 ViewsRate it:
A Song at Shannon's 96 ViewsRate it:
Firelight 96 ViewsRate it:
Partnership 96 ViewsRate it:
Souvenir 96 ViewsRate it:
The Gift of God 96 ViewsRate it:
The Whip 96 ViewsRate it:
Llewellyn and the Tree 95 ViewsRate it:
The Book of Annandale 95 ViewsRate it:
The Valley of the Shadow 94 ViewsRate it:
Nimmo 93 ViewsRate it:
An Evangelist's Wife 92 ViewsRate it:
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The Field of Glory 92 ViewsRate it:
Charles Carville's Eyes 91 ViewsRate it:
A Happy Man 90 ViewsRate it:
The Story of the Ashes and the Flame 90 ViewsRate it:
The Torrent 89 ViewsRate it:
Stafford's Cabin 87 ViewsRate it:
Bon Voyage 86 ViewsRate it:
Lisette and Eileen 86 ViewsRate it:
Merlin 86 ViewsRate it:
Bewick Finzer 85 ViewsRate it:
The Clerks 85 ViewsRate it:
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Caput Mortuum 83 ViewsRate it:
Eros Turannos 83 ViewsRate it:
Discovery 82 ViewsRate it:
For Ariva 82 ViewsRate it:
Late Summer 81 ViewsRate it:
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The Corridor 80 ViewsRate it:
The Flying Dutchman 80 ViewsRate it:
The Klondike 80 ViewsRate it:
Walt Whitman 80 ViewsRate it:
Reuben Bright 77 ViewsRate it:
Credo 76 ViewsRate it:
Theophilus 76 ViewsRate it:
Old Trails 74 ViewsRate it:
The Wilderness 74 ViewsRate it:
Variations of Greek Themes 74 ViewsRate it:
Calvary 73 ViewsRate it:
Exit 72 ViewsRate it:
Modernities 72 ViewsRate it:
The World 72 ViewsRate it:
Afterthoughts 71 ViewsRate it:
Lazarus 71 ViewsRate it:
The Poor Relation 71 ViewsRate it:
For a Dead Lady 70 ViewsRate it:
Archibald's Example 69 ViewsRate it:
Amaryllis 67 ViewsRate it:
Inferential 67 ViewsRate it:
On the Night of a Friend's Wedding 67 ViewsRate it:
Three Quatrains 67 ViewsRate it:
Uncle Ananias 67 ViewsRate it:
Vickery's Mountain 67 ViewsRate it:
Calverly's 66 ViewsRate it:
Captain Craig 66 ViewsRate it:
Fragment 66 ViewsRate it:
Dear Friends 65 ViewsRate it:
Sainte-Nitouche 65 ViewsRate it:
The Sunken Crown 64 ViewsRate it:
Octaves 63 ViewsRate it:
The False Gods 63 ViewsRate it:
The Unforgiven 63 ViewsRate it:
The Woman and the Wife 62 ViewsRate it:
John Brown 61 ViewsRate it:
Avon's Harvest 60 ViewsRate it:
Cliff Klingenhagen 60 ViewsRate it:
Boston 59 ViewsRate it:
Two Gardens in Linndale 59 ViewsRate it:
Job the Rejected 57 ViewsRate it:
Veteran Sirens 57 ViewsRate it:
The Rat 56 ViewsRate it:
Horace to Leuconoë 55 ViewsRate it:
Alma Mater 54 ViewsRate it:
London Bridge 54 ViewsRate it:
Clavering 53 ViewsRate it:
The Growth of Lorraine 53 ViewsRate it:
The Voice of Age 53 ViewsRate it:
Leffingwell 51 ViewsRate it:
Luke Havergal 51 ViewsRate it:
The Three Taverns 50 ViewsRate it:
Verlaine 50 ViewsRate it:
On the Way 49 ViewsRate it:
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Cortège 47 ViewsRate it:
John Gorham 47 ViewsRate it:
Pasa Thalassa Thalassa 47 ViewsRate it:
The Pilot 47 ViewsRate it:
Monadnock through the Trees 46 ViewsRate it:
The Tree in Pamela's Garden 45 ViewsRate it:
John Evereldown 42 ViewsRate it:
Erasmus 38 ViewsRate it:
Two Quatrains 38 ViewsRate it:
Fleming Helphenstine 37 ViewsRate it:
The Companion 37 ViewsRate it:
Sonnet 36 ViewsRate it:
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Two Sonnets 35 ViewsRate it:
Doctor of Billiards 33 ViewsRate it:
Momus 33 ViewsRate it:
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Neighbors 32 ViewsRate it:
The Dark House 30 ViewsRate it:
The Revealer 28 ViewsRate it:
Demos 26 ViewsRate it:

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