Edwin Arlington Robinson
Avon’s Harvest by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Avon’s Harvest by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Fear, like a living fire that only death Might one day cool, had now in Avon’s eyes Been witness for so long of an invasion That made of a gay friend whom we had known Almost ...

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A Happy Man by Edwin Arlington Robinson

A Happy Man by Edwin Arlington Robinson

When these graven lines you see, Traveller, do not pity me; Though I be among the dead, Let no mournful word be said.Children that I leave behind, And their children, all were ...

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The House On The Hill by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The House On The Hill by Edwin Arlington Robinson

They are all gone away,The house is shut and still,There is nothing more to say.Through broken walls and grayThe winds blow bleak and shrill:They are all gone away.Nor is there ...

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Another Dark Lady by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Another Dark Lady by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Think not, because I wonder where you fled,That I would lift a pin to see you there; You may, for me, be prowling anywhere, So long as you show not your little head: No dark and ...

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Mr. Flood’s Party by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Mr. Flood’s Party by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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 On earth again of home, ...

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Amaryllis by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Amaryllis by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Once, when I wandered in the woods alone, An old man tottered up to me and said, “Come, friend, and see the grave that I have made For Amaryllis.” There was in the tone Of his ...

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An Island by Edwin Arlington Robinson

An Island by Edwin Arlington Robinson

(SAINT HELENA, 1821)Take it away, and swallow it yourself. Ha! Look you, there’s a rat. Last night there were a dozen on that shelf, And two of them were living in my hat. Look! ...

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Ballad By The Fire by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Ballad By The Fire by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Slowly I smoke and hug my knee, The while a witless masquerade Of things that only children see Floats in a mist of light and shade: They pass, a flimsy cavalcade, And with a ...

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Afterthoughts by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Afterthoughts by Edwin Arlington Robinson

We parted where the old gas-lamp still burned Under the wayside maple and walked on, Into the dark, as we had always done; And I, no doubt, if he had not returned, Might yet be ...

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Eros Turannos by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Eros Turannos by Edwin Arlington Robinson

She fears him, and will always ask What fated her to choose him; She meets in his engaging mask All reason to refuse him. But what she meets and what she fears Are less than are ...

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Archibald’s Example by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Archibald’s Example by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Old Archibald, in his eternal chair,Where trespassers, whatever their degree, Were soon frowned out again, was looking off Across the clover when he said to me: “My green hill ...

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The Dark Hills by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The Dark Hills by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Dark hills at evening in the west, Where sunset hovers like a sound Of golden horns that sang to rest Old bones of warriors under ground, Far now from all the bannered ways Where ...

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A Song At Shannon’s by Edwin Arlington Robinson

A Song At Shannon’s by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Two men came out of Shannon's, having knownThe faces of each other for so longAs they had listened there to an old song,Sung thinly in a wastrel monotoneBy some unhappy ...

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Aaron Stark by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Aaron Stark by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Withal a meagre man was Aaron Stark, --Cursed and unkempt, shrewd, shrivelled, and morose.A miser was he, with a miser's nose,And eyes like little dollars in the dark.His thin, ...

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Bewick Finzer by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Bewick Finzer by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Time was when his half million drew The breath of six per cent; But soon the worm of what-was-not Fed hard on his content; And something crumbled in his brain When his half ...

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Aunt Imogen by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Aunt Imogen by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Aunt Imogen was coming, and therefore The children—Jane, Sylvester, and Young George— Were eyes and ears; for there was only one Aunt Imogen to them in the whole world, And she ...

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An Evangelist’s Wife by Edwin Arlington Robinson

An Evangelist’s Wife by Edwin Arlington Robinson

“Why am I not myself these many days,You ask? And have you nothing more to ask? I do you wrong? I do not hear your praise To God for giving you me to share your task? “Jealous—of ...

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New England by Edwin Arlington Robinson

New England by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Here where the wind is always north-north-eastAnd children learn to walk on frozen toes,Wonder begets an envy of all thoseWho boil elsewhere with such a lyric yeastOf love that ...

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Ballad Of Dead Friends by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Ballad Of Dead Friends by Edwin Arlington Robinson

As we the withered ferns By the roadway lying, Time, the jester, spurns All our prayers and prying -- All our tears and sighing, Sorrow, change, and woe -- All our ...

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Reuben Bright by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Reuben Bright by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Because he was a butcher and thereby Did earn an honest living (and did right), I would not have you think that Reuben Bright Was any more a brute than you or I; For when they ...

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Ballad Of A Ship by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Ballad Of A Ship by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Down by the flash of the restless water The dim White Ship like a white bird lay; Laughing at life and the world they sought her, And out she swung to the silvering bay. Then off ...

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The Children Of The Night by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The Children Of The Night by Edwin Arlington Robinson

For those that never know the light, The darkness is a sullen thing; And they, the Children of the Night, Seem lost in Fortune's winnowing. But some are strong and some are weak, ...

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Ballad Of Broken Flutes by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Ballad Of Broken Flutes by Edwin Arlington Robinson

In dreams I crossed a barren land, A land of ruin, far away; Around me hung on every hand A deathful stillness of decay; And silent, as in bleak dismay That song should thus ...

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An Old Story by Edwin Arlington Robinson

An Old Story by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Strange that I did not know him then. That friend of mine! I did not even show him then One friendly sign;But cursed him for the ways he had To make me see My envy of the praise ...

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Miniver Cheevy by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Miniver Cheevy by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Miniver Cheevy, child of scorn,Grew lean while he assailed the seasons;He wept that he was ever born,And he had reasons.Miniver loved the days of oldWhen swords were bright and ...

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Thomas Hood by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Thomas Hood by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The man who cloaked his bitterness within This winding-sheet of puns and pleasantries, God never gave to look with common eyes Upon a world of anguish and of sin: His brother was ...

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Dear Friends by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Dear Friends by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Dear Friends, reproach me not for what I do,Nor counsel me, nor pity me; nor sayThat I am wearing half my life awayFor bubble-work that only fools pursue.And if my bubbles be too ...

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Neighbors by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Neighbors by Edwin Arlington Robinson

As often as we thought of her, We thought of a gray life That made a quaint economist Of a wolf-haunted wife; We made the best of all she bore That was not ours to bear, And ...

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Cliff Klingenhagen by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Cliff Klingenhagen by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Cliff Klingenhagen had me in to dine With him one day; and after soup and meat, And all the other things there were to eat, Cliff took two glasses and filled one with wine And one ...

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On The Night Of A Friend’s Wedding by Edwin Arlington Robinson

On The Night Of A Friend’s Wedding by Edwin Arlington Robinson

If ever I am old, and all alone, I shall have killed one grief, at any rate; For then, thank God, I shall not have to wait Much longer for the sheaves that I have sown. The devil ...

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Firelight by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Firelight by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Ten years together without yet a cloud They seek each other's eyes at intervals Of gratefulness to firelight and four walls For love's obliteration of the crowd. Serenely and ...

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The Woman And The Wife by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The Woman And The Wife by Edwin Arlington Robinson

I--THE EXPLANATION"You thought we knew," she said, "but we were wrong. This we can say, the rest we do not say; Nor do I let you throw yourself away Because you love me. Let us ...

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Luke Havergal by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Luke Havergal by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Go to the western gate, Luke Havergal,There where the vines cling crimson on the wall,And in the twilight wait for what will come.The leaves will whisper there of her, and ...

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Fleming Helphenstine by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Fleming Helphenstine by Edwin Arlington Robinson

At first I thought there was a superfinePersuasion in his face; but the free flowThat filled it when he stopped and cried, "Hollo!"Shone joyously, and so I let it shine.He said ...

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Ben Jonson Entertains A Man From Stratford by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Ben Jonson Entertains A Man From Stratford by Edwin Arlington Robinson

You are a friend then, as I make it out, Of our man Shakespeare, who alone of us Will put an ass’s head in Fairyland As he would add a shilling to more shillings, All most ...

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George Crabbe by Edwin Arlington Robinson

George Crabbe by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Give him the darkest inch your shelf allows, Hide him in lonely garrets, if you will,— But his hard, human pulse is throbbing still With the sure strength that fearless truth ...

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The Man Against The Sky by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The Man Against The Sky by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Between me and the sunset, like a dome Against the glory of a world on fire, Now burned a sudden hill, Bleak, round, and high, by flame-lit height made higher, With nothing on it ...

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Ben Trovato by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Ben Trovato by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The Deacon thought. “I know them,” he began, “And they are all you ever heard of them— Allurable to no sure theorem, The scorn or the humility of man. You say ‘Can I believe ...

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Calvary by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Calvary by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Friendless and faint, with martyred steps and slow, Faint for the flesh, but for the spirit free, Stung by the mob that came to see the show, The Master toiled along to Calvary; ...

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For A Dead Lady by Edwin Arlington Robinson

For A Dead Lady by Edwin Arlington Robinson

No more with overflowing light Shall fill the eyes that now are faded, Nor shall another's fringe with night Their woman-hidden world as they did.No more shall quiver down the ...

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The Mill by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The Mill by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The miller's wife had waited long,The tea was cold, the fire was dead;And there might yet be nothing wrongIn how he went and what he said:"There are no millers any more,"Was all ...

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Alma Mater by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Alma Mater by Edwin Arlington Robinson

He knocked, and I beheld him at the door-- A vision for the gods to verify. "What battered ancient is this," thought I, "And when, if ever, did we meet before?" But ask him as I ...

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How Annandale Went Out by Edwin Arlington Robinson

How Annandale Went Out by Edwin Arlington Robinson

“They called it Annandale—and I was there To flourish, to find words, and to attend: Liar, physician, hypocrite, and friend, I watched him; and the sight was not so fair As one or ...

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As A World Would Have It by Edwin Arlington Robinson

As A World Would Have It by Edwin Arlington Robinson

ALCESTISShall I never make him look at me again? I look at him, I look my life at him, I tell him all I know the way to tell, But there he stays the same. Shall I never make him ...

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Atherton’s Gambit by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Atherton’s Gambit by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The Master played the bishop’s pawn, For jest, while Atherton looked on; The master played this way and that, And Atherton, amazed thereat, Said “Now I have a thing in viewThat ...

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Verlaine by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Verlaine by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Why do you dig like long-clawed scavengers To touch the covered corpse of him that fled The uplands for the fens, and rioted Like a sick satyr with doom’s worshippers? Come! let ...

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Walt Whitman by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Walt Whitman by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The master-songs are ended, and the manThat sang them is a name. And so is GodA name; and so is love, and life, and death,And everything. But we, who are too blindTo read what we ...

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The Rat by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The Rat by Edwin Arlington Robinson

As often as he let himself be seen We pitied him, or scorned him, or deplored The inscrutable profusion of the Lord Who shaped as one of us a thing so mean— Who made him human ...

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The Pity Of The Leaves by Edwin Arlington Robinson

The Pity Of The Leaves by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Vengeful across the cold November moors, Loud with ancestral shame there came the bleak Sad wind that shrieked, and answered with a shriek, Reverberant through lonely corridors. ...

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Two Quatrains by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Two Quatrains by Edwin Arlington Robinson

IAs eons of incalculable strife Are in the vision of one moment caught, So are the common, concrete things of life Divinely shadowed on the walls of Thought. IIWe shriek to live, ...

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