Selected Poems

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A Penguin Classic

A best seller in his lifetime though neglected in recent years, Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) is due to be restored to his rightful place in literary history as one of the first great American Modernist poets. His poetry was revolutionary, though it looked deceptively conventional because it was written in metre and rhyme. He cast aside the stiff archaism and prettiness favoured by his contemporaries, instead employing everyday language with dramatic power, wit, and sensitivity. His lyric poems illuminate ordinary people, especially the downtrodden, the bereft, and the mistunderstood. In the process he created the gallery of character portraits for which he is most fondly remembered, among them Eben Flood, Aunt Imogen, Isaac and Archibald, Miniver Cheevy and Richard Cory.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Edited with an Introduction by Robert Faggen

Introduction by Robert Faggen
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts

John Evereldown
Luke Havergal
Villanelle of Change
The House on the Hill
Richard Cory
Cavalry
Dear Friends
The Story of the Ashes and the Flame
Amaryllis
Zola
The Pity of the Leaves
Aaron Stark
The Garden
Cliff Klingenhagen
Reuben Bright
The Altar
The Tavern
George Crabbe
Credo
On the Night of a Friend's Wedding
Sonnet
Isaac and Archibald
Aunt Imogen
The Growth of "Lorraine"
Erasmus
The Woman and the Wife
Merlin
The Master
Calverly's
Uncle Ananias
The Whip
The White Lights
Exit
Leonora
Doctor of Billiards
How Annandale Went Out
Alma Mater
Miniver Cheevy
The Pilot
Vickery's Mountain
For a Dead Lady
Two Gardens in Linndale
Flammonde
The Gift of God
John Gorham
Stafford's Cabin
Hillcrest
Eros Turannos
The Unforgiven
Veteran Sirens
Another Dark Lady
The Dark House
The Poor Relation
Llewellyn and the Tree
Bewick Finzer
Bokardo
The Wandering Jew
The Mill
The Dark Hills
The Three Taverns
Demos
The Flying Dutchman
Tact
John Brown
The False Gods
Archibald's Example
Lazarus
Mr. Flood's Party
Ben Trovato
The Tree in Pamela's Garden
Vain Gratuities
Lost Anchors
Recalled
Modernities
Afterthoughts
Caput Mortuum
Monadnock Through the Trees
Many Are Called
Rembrandt to Rembrandt
Haunted House
The Sheaves
Karma
New England
Hector Kane

Edward Arlington Robinson (1869-1935), three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was one of the first great American modernist poets.

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A Penguin Classic

A best seller in his lifetime though neglected in recent years, Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) is due to be restored to his rightful place in literary history as one of the first great American Modernist poets. His poetry was revolutionary, though it looked deceptively conventional because it was written in metre and rhyme. He cast aside the stiff archaism and prettiness favoured by his contemporaries, instead employing everyday language with dramatic power, wit, and sensitivity. His lyric poems illuminate ordinary people, especially the downtrodden, the bereft, and the mistunderstood. In the process he created the gallery of character portraits for which he is most fondly remembered, among them Eben Flood, Aunt Imogen, Isaac and Archibald, Miniver Cheevy and Richard Cory.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Edited with an Introduction by Robert Faggen

Introduction by Robert Faggen
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts

John Evereldown
Luke Havergal
Villanelle of Change
The House on the Hill
Richard Cory
Cavalry
Dear Friends
The Story of the Ashes and the Flame
Amaryllis
Zola
The Pity of the Leaves
Aaron Stark
The Garden
Cliff Klingenhagen
Reuben Bright
The Altar
The Tavern
George Crabbe
Credo
On the Night of a Friend's Wedding
Sonnet
Isaac and Archibald
Aunt Imogen
The Growth of "Lorraine"
Erasmus
The Woman and the Wife
Merlin
The Master
Calverly's
Uncle Ananias
The Whip
The White Lights
Exit
Leonora
Doctor of Billiards
How Annandale Went Out
Alma Mater
Miniver Cheevy
The Pilot
Vickery's Mountain
For a Dead Lady
Two Gardens in Linndale
Flammonde
The Gift of God
John Gorham
Stafford's Cabin
Hillcrest
Eros Turannos
The Unforgiven
Veteran Sirens
Another Dark Lady
The Dark House
The Poor Relation
Llewellyn and the Tree
Bewick Finzer
Bokardo
The Wandering Jew
The Mill
The Dark Hills
The Three Taverns
Demos
The Flying Dutchman
Tact
John Brown
The False Gods
Archibald's Example
Lazarus
Mr. Flood's Party
Ben Trovato
The Tree in Pamela's Garden
Vain Gratuities
Lost Anchors
Recalled
Modernities
Afterthoughts
Caput Mortuum
Monadnock Through the Trees
Many Are Called
Rembrandt to Rembrandt
Haunted House
The Sheaves
Karma
New England
Hector Kane

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Edward Arlington Robinson (1869-1935), three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was one of the first great American modernist poets.

View titles by Edwin Arlington Robinson