Edwin Arlington Robinson 's Life Essay

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Edwin Arlington Robinson was born in Head Tide, Maine on December 22nd , 1869. The town was later renamed “Tilbury Town,” which Robinson uses as the setting of many of his poems. Robinson described his childhood as unhappy and stark; when he was six years old, he wrote a letter to Amy Lowell about wondering why he had been born. After graduating high school, Robinson moved on to Harvard University where he spent two years studying and published his first poems in the Harvard Advocate. In 1896, Robinson, at his own expense, privately printed and released The Torrent, his first volume of poetry which was heavily revised and later published as The Children of the Night in 1897. In 1902, Robinson published Captain Craig and Other Poems which caught little attention until it was appraised in a magazine article written by Theodore Roosevelt who later offered Robinson a sinecure U.S. Customs House. He gratefully accepted the job and held it from 1905 to 1910. Robionson’s next work, The Town Down the River, was dedicated to Roosevelt. Robinson’s first major success did not come until 1916 when he wrote The Man Against the Sky. Robinson was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his Collected Poems (1921) in 1922 and The Man Who Died Twice (1924) in 1925. He also wrote a trilogy based on Arthurian legends which won another Pulitzer Prize for Robinson in 1928. Robinson spent the summers of his final twenty-five years of life at MacDowell Colony of Artists and Musicians in…

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