Edwin Arlington Robinson’s Wikipedia Addition

I feel that in Edwin Arlington Robinson’s Wikipedia page, there is a large portion missing which details about his work. In this addition, I think that there ought to be a focus on his style of writing and poetry. The nature of his poetry which often contemplates problems of the self and one’s separation from a rigid societal structure, often involving the topics of life and death. The very dark nature of the majority of his works can be related to his life, from his “stark and unhappy”


Edwin Arlington Robinson

childhood to his bleak adult life, where his family members passes away one by one, with his marriage proposals to his deceased brother’s wife rejected twice and his mother passing away days before his very first book was published, which was meant to be a surprise for his mother. My critic, Charles A. Sweet Jr’s “A Re-Examination of ‘Richard Cory’”, would be an excellent addition in the sense where it analyses how to approach an Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem, taking into consideration the nature of the narrator. However, other than that, is a very narrow source, analyzing only aspects of his poem “Richard Cory”. As for the “External Links” category, I feel that this compilation of literary critics would be extremely beneficial to people’s understanding of Robinson and his poetry found at: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/robinson/robinson.htm I could leverage my expertise in complementing these lists through explaining the similarities between his many different works.

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