on poetry

December 22, 2015

Edwin Arlington Robinson“The world is not a ‘prison-house,’ but a kind of spiritual kindergarten where millions of bewildered infants are trying to spell God with the wrong blocks.”
Edwin Arlington Robinson
(December 22, 1869 – April 6, 1935)
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According to The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature, this was Robinson’s response when a reviewer of his first volume of poems, The Torrent and the Night Before, said, “The world is not beautiful to him, but a prison house.”


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