A biography of edwin arlington robinson a poet

He could basically carry all of his worldly possessions in one backpack. Back in Gardiner living with a friend, Robinson set to work full time, revising old poems and writing new ones. After a failed attempt to serve President Lowell of Harvard as a confidential secretary, Robinson permanently settled in New York.

Later in his mother died of a serious illness. The review in the New York Times was generally favorable, its critic describing the title poem as "an elusive imagination Inhe found a patroness in the person of the widow of composer Edward MacDowell and worked to improve his poetry even further.


This strength of purpose would mark his character throughout his life. Robinson described his childhood as stark and unhappy; he once wrote in a letter to Amy Lowell that he remembered wondering why he had been born at the age of six.

He published regularly until the day he died, in New York City in Otherwise, his habits remained unchanged: Pulsifer, poet and editor of The Outlook. There he may have had a childhood crush on his teacher Lizzie Austin.

Seated from left to right: Another, anonymous patron, who began supporting him in ensured that Robinson was financially self-sufficient. Unfortunately, reviewers largely ignored it; Gilbert suggests that they were put off by the vanity imprint.

During this time, he tried playwriting; but his play Van Zorn was unsuccessfully produced, and The Porcupine never made it to the stage. He stayed hospitalized until his death, correcting galley proofs of his last poem, King Jasper only hours before slipping into a final coma.

As for his works, his once-popular Arthurian trilogy has fallen in favor, criticized by William H. Richards and Edwin Arlington Robinson. Instead, he pursued poetry since childhood, joining the local poetry society as its youngest member. He took odd jobs and depended upon the financial support of friends to give him time to write.

He also composed a trilogy based on Arthurian legends: At this job, Robinson made enough income to support himself, and was able to devote most of his time to writing poetry. After years of self-denial, he surprised friends by the attention he paid to his clothes and the generosity he paid to others in need.

There is no evidence that Robinson had any knowledge of Plummer, and therefore the Plummer house on Brunswick Avenue is purposely omitted from the list of Robinson sites. Robinson started seriously writing poetry at age 11, and was a talented writer for someone his age.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes. Sometimes I try to imagine the state my mind would be in had I never come here, but I cannot.

He described his childhood in Maine as "stark and unhappy". He wrote many popular and great poems during his days, some of these are: Unable to make a living by writing, he got a job as an inspector for the New York City subway system.

He also attempted writing plays, but these were not well-received. Unable to make a living by writing, he got a job as an inspector for the New York City subway system. By this time all his immediate family had died. His work attracted the attention of President Theodore Rooseveltwho gave him a sinecure at the U.

Alanson Tucker Schumanna neighbor across the ravine from the Robinson house. These psychological studies did not attempt to capitalize on the popularity of his Arthurian cycle, and sales were a tenth of that of Tristram. He then sank slowly into alcoholism.

Customs House, a job he held from to Richards, and Mayor Edwin Ladd of Gardiner. During these years Robinson perfected the poetic form for which he became so well known: The Man Who Died Twice and Amaranth are perhaps the most often acclaimed of his later narrative poems, though in general these works suffer in comparison to the early dramatic lyrics.

He also gave up alcohol. Captain Craig was neither a popular nor a critical success, and for several years Robinson neglected poetry, drifting from job to job in New York City and the Northeast.

Schumann introduced him to the Gardiner Poetry Group that met weekly in the residence of Caroline Swan.Edward Robinson (), father of Edwin Arlington Robinson. The father was a successful lumber merchant and local politician in Alna, and as he acquired wealth, he was offered the directorship of a bank in Gardiner, to which place the family moved when Robinson was eighteen months old.

On December 22nd,Edwin Arlington Robinson was born to Edwin Robinson and Mary Elizabeth Palmer in Head Tide, Maine. Growing up he lived in a town on. Poet Biography Born and raised in Maine to a wealthy family, he was the youngest of three sons and not groomed to take over the family business.

Donaldson, Scott, Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet’s Life. N.Y.: Columbia University Press, Since its publication in February,this has become the definitive biography of Robinson. Since its publication in February,this has become the definitive biography of Robinson.

“One of the most prolific major American poets of the twentieth century, Edwin Arlington Robinson is, ironically, best remembered for only a handful of short poems,” stated Robert Gilbert in the Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography.

Poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson. Edwin Arlington Robinson ([] was an American poet and sonnet writer who won an amazing three Pulitzer Poetry Prizes for his work.


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