Mr. Flood's Party by Robinson Essay

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Mr. Flood's Party by Robinson
When used correctly, symbolism and irony can be very effective. Edwin Arlington Robinson is a master of symbolism, and uses irony like no poet before or after him could even conceive to. In Mr. Flood's Party Robinson uses symbolism to forewarn his readers of Mr. Flood's inevitable death. The irony saturates the poem and sets the reader up for an unexpectedly non-ironic conclusion. Robinson relies on irony and symbolism to better illustrate the old man drinking and talking to himself as he walks home from Tilbury Town on an autumn night.
Edwin Arlington Robinson was
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In 1902 he published Captain Craig and Other Poems. This work received little attention until President Theodore Roosevelt wrote a magazine article praising it and Robinson. Roosevelt also offered Robinson a sinecure in a U.S. Customs House, a job he held from 1905 to 1910. Robinson dedicated his next work, The Town Down the River (1910), to Roosevelt (Adventures 479).
The first word of the poem is "old" (line 1). This was showing that Mr. Flood had lived for a relatively long time. Also his name "Eben" (line 1) sounds like ebb, which means to return or fall back from a better to a worse state; to decline; to decay; to recede. It is obvious that Mr. Flood's life was receding from what it once was a "Flood" (line 1) of friends, and happiness.
Furthermore, Robinson created an obvious symbol when he referenced Mr. Flood being alone climbing, "over the hill between the town below, and the forsaken upland hermitage, that held as much as he should ever know," this is clear reference to Mr. Flood's age and to his impending death (lines 1-4). When Robinson discusses the fact that Mr. Flood is over the hill literally, it makes one think that he is over the hill age wise. Then he mentions the upland hermitage, which is obviously heaven or whatever other kind of afterlife there is. Finally, Robinson speaks of the hermitage, "holding as much as he should ever know," this is probably in reference to the myth/reality that when one dies they

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