- Series: Dover Thrift Editions
- Paperback: 50 pages
- Publisher: Dover Pubns (October 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486287564
- ISBN-13: 978-0486287560
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,096,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Miniver Cheevy" and Other Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – October, 1995
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Top Customer Reviews
If Robinson is read today it is for those devastating and chilling portraits in verse of lone individuals and their plight, the most famous of which are Miniver Cheevy, Reuben Bright, and Richard Cory.
Robinson himself had a lonely and difficult life.
I doubt that the Poetry Establishment of today finds much in Robinson. I remember however reading these poems in school and feeling them powerful and puzzling.
The contrast between the brilliant external life envied by the narrator in Richard Cory and his actual situation when ' goes home and puts a bullet in his head' startles and shocks. The regret of Miniver Cheevy cursing the day he was born, and longing to live in days of old, too exposes human aspiration as folly and vanity.
These poems throw cold water on the face of optimistic America, but like Sherwood Anderson and Thornton Wilder they reveal truths about small- town American life which are universal truths about the human situation.
As you can tell, we thoroughly enjoyed the title poem and all following works. While we feel that Robinson throughout his poetry maintains a relatively decent standard of excellance through use of rhyme scheme and subject matter - he doesn't quiet live up to the qualifications to be considered "one of the greats". Thus, his work, while good, isn't quite great and we have decided to liberally reward him with our kindness of a 4. Thank you for your time. It was well wasted.