November 26, 2004

Robinson. What do you think?

What I liked about Edwin Arlington Robinson was that his poems were short and entertaining. What I did not like about his poems, was that they left me wanting to know more. 'Richard Corey' is a good example of this. Robinson describes the man for 15 lines and then just adds, "Went home and put a bullet through his head." His poems are like cliffhangers, they make you want to know more, or what happened.

My question to the blogging community is, did you like the way Robinson ended his poems? Do you think it adds to his poetry or distracts from it? I'm curious to see who prefers the cliffhangers and who's like me and wants an explanation and ending!

Posted by JessicaZelenak at November 26, 2004 04:41 PM

Hey Jess,

You are so right that he is short and sweet and to the point. I am wishy washy on whether or not I like his not so detailed poetry. One way I look at it is that he leaves room for us to decide what we want about Richard Corey, on the other hand, that requires a lot of guessing and thinking and vagueness and sometimes I just like to know what the authors thinks and I would rather him tell me more so I do not have to guess what he or she is thinking. Ok I'm outta here. Hope you had a Happy Thankgsgiving!!!


Posted by: trisha wehrle at November 27, 2004 02:03 PM

Hey Jess,

It's me again... I posted kind of a longer extended answer to your question on my blog "Robinson, Not Wordy Enough?!?" if you want to check it out and tell me what you think I'd really appreciate it!!!


Posted by: trisha at November 27, 2004 06:42 PM

I really enjoyed his poetry, and feel that Bukowski's work really is at times reflective of his writing. I'm going to try and find some more of Robinson's work on the net...


Posted by: Mike Sichok at November 30, 2004 01:41 AM
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