November 30, 2004

Robinson and his band of characters!

After reading Linda's blog I started really thinking about Robinson's characters. Everyone can relate someone they know to the characters Miniver Cheevy, Richard Corey, and Aaron Stark. I know I can! I have an uncle who's attitude is the same as Miniver Cheevy's. When I read the story of Miver Cheevy I get the sense of a man who lives in a dream world. Cheevy lives in the past and was "born to late." As he longs for what he could have and should have been his present life suffers. But Cheevy does not he care, he just scratched his head, coughs and keeps on drinking. My uncle E. resembles this!

Richard Corey reminds me of people that you know growing up who committ suicide. I've know two people who committed suicide, and the question everyone asks is why? What was wrong, they were so successful and had so much, why? Like Robinson writes in the poem, Corey was a gentlemen who seemed to have it all. He was schooled he was rich, and he was polite so why would he want to kill himself?

I can't think of anyone in particular that resembles Aaron Stark, but I'm sure I will someday. The story of Aaron Stark makes me think of a lonely man who walks around town from bar to bar scaring little kids (and adults). He would be the kind of person who is cheap and only laughs at tragedy. Aaron Stark would be the kind of person you see when your with your dad somewhere and your dad shakes his head saying, "there's old Aaron Stark, boy is he a nut." Then drives away.

I wonder if Robinson based these fictional characters on actual people? Earlier in one of my discussion blogs I wrote that I didn't like how Robinson's poems were like cliffhangers, but know I see why. By doing that the reader is able to fill in the blanks for themselves, and maybe fill in those blanks with the idea of someone they knew.

Posted by JessicaZelenak at November 30, 2004 12:50 PM
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