His mother expected a daughter, so he was not given a name until he was six months old when his family was on a vacation at a resort. His name was pulled from a drawing. The woman who came up with the name Edwin was from Arlington, Massachusetts, so that's how he ended up as Edwin Arlington Robinson.
To understand the multiple meanings of a poem, readers must examine its words and phrasing from the perspectives of rhythm, sound, images, obvious meaning, and implied meaning.
Readers then need to organize responses to the verse into a logical, point-by-point explanation. A good beginning involves asking questions that apply to most poetry. Context of the Poem Clear answers to the following questions can help establish the context of a poem and form the foundation of understanding: Who wrote the poem?
Does the poet's life suggest any special point of view, such as a political affiliation, religious sect, career interest, musical talent, family or personal problems, travel, or handicap — for example, H. Ammons' training in chemistry, Amy Lowell's aristocratic background, John Berryman's alcoholism, or Hart Crane's homosexuality?
When was the poem written and in what country?
Knowing something about the poet's life, times, and culture helps readers understand what's in a poem and why. Does the poem appear in the original language? If not, readers should consider that translation can alter the language and meaning of a poem. Is the poem part of a special collection or series?
Examples of such series and collections include Edna St. For example, does the poem relate to imagism, confessional verse, the Beat movement, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights era, the American Indian renaissance, or feminism?
Readers should apply definitions of the many categories to determine which describes the poem's length and style: Is it an epic, a long poem about a great person or national hero? Is it a lyric, a short, musical verse? Is it a narrative, a poem that tells a story?
Is it a haiku, an intense, lyrical three-line verse of seventeen syllables? For example, does it examine personal memories and experiences? Title of the Poem Is the title's meaning obvious?
For example, does it mention a single setting and action, such as W.
Does it imply multiple possibilities? For example, Jean Toomer's "Georgia Dusk," which refers to a time of day as well as to dark-skinned people.
Does it strike a balance, as in Rita Dove's "Beulah and Thomas"? Is there an obvious antithesis, as with Robert Frost's "Fire and Ice"? Is there historical significance to the title?
If it is a long poem, such as Allen Ginsberg's Howl or Hart Crane's The Bridge, readers should concentrate on key passages and look for repetition of specific words, phrases, or verses in the poem.
Why is there a repeated reference to the sea in Robinson Jeffers's poetry? If readers note repetition in the poem, they should decide why certain information seems to deserve the repetition.
Opening and Closing Lines of the Poem Does the poet place significant information or emotion in these places? For example, when reading Marianne Moore's "Poetry," readers may question the negative stance in the opening lines.
Does the poet intend to leave a lasting impression by closing with a particular thought? For example, why does Langston Hughes' "Harlem" lead to the word "explode"? Passage of Time in the Poem Can readers pin down a time frame? What details specify time?
Does the poet name a particular month or season, as with Amy Lowell's "Patterns"? Is there a clear passage of time, as with the decline of the deceased woman in Denise Levertov's "Death in Mexico"? How long is the period of time?
Speaker of the Poem Who is the speaker? Is the person male or female? Does the speaker talk directly to a second person, as with Adrienne Rich's "Diving into the Wreck"? Is the voice meant to be universal — for example, applicable to either sex at any time or place?
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Poetry is a compact language that expresses complex feelings. To understand the multiple meanings of a poem, readers must examine its words and phrasing from the perspectives of rhythm, sound, images, obvious meaning, and implied meaning. Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington caninariojana.comer 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.. /5(). is and in to a was not you i of it the be he his but for are this that by on at they with which she or from had we will have an what been one if would who has her.
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Sorrowful and beautiful classic poems about death from throughout history. Poems about mourning the death of family, friends and loved ones by famous poets such as Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Christina Rossetti, and Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Edwin Arlington Robinson was born on December 22, in Head Tide, Maine, but he spent his childhood in Gardiner, Maine.
His mother expected a daughter, so he was not given a name until he was six months old when his family was on a vacation at a resort. Written by Edwin Arlington Robinson. The protagonist sees himself as a failure in his own eyes as well as in the eyes of those around him.
Although he lives in the an imaginary world of the past, his motives and values are closely tied to the present.