Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson was an American poet who won the first Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His poetry is less well-known now than it was at the time, but he’s still regarded as an incredibly important American poet. He’s remembered as being very dedicated to his writing. 

Mr. Flood’s Party

by Edwin Arlington Robinson

‘Mr. Flood’s Party’ by Edwin Arlington Robinson describes a man’s later years in life and how lonely he has become. It suggests that a long life is not always a blessing. 

A wonderful Robinson poem that is deeply emotional.

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

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Horace to Leuconoe

by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson’s sonnet ‘Horace to Leuconoe’ is a passionate address of a lover to a girl, brooding over what God might have in store for her. He advises her to seize the moment and forget about the past and the future.

Luke Havergal

by Edwin Arlington Robinson

‘Luke Havergal’ by Edwin Arlington Robinson is told from inside the mind of Luke Havergal, a man who is being tempted to suicide by the prospect of love.

Richard Cory

by Edwin Arlington Robinson

‘Richard Cory’ by Edwin Arlington Robinson is a simple poem which shows the chasm between perception and reality and warns the reader never to judge on appearances.

The Mill

by Edwin Arlington Robinson

‘The Mill’ by Edwin Arlington Robinson describes a dark night in the life of a miller’s wife as she waits for her husband to return. 

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