Biographical Sketches
Edward Arlington Robinson : 1869 - 1935
Robinsons poetry came from personal responses to his family and region.
-Father died, two older brothers died young, mother died following an illness
-Land of few opportunities, lonely dreamers
A slight, shy man; had a great sympathy for the less fortunate, lonely, and troubled
President Roosevelt helped him get
published and find employment
Received the Pulitzer
prize three times: 1922, 1925, 1928
The greatest American living poet of the 1920s. Had traditional, not experimental forms
Wrote sonnets with tight stanza form master of the dramatic monologue.
His theme was unhappiness itself, but his skill was happy and playful