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Analysis and comments on Luke Havergal by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Comment 17 of 24, added on May 7th, 2009 at 1:44 AM.

In a world of rhythmic romanticism, Edward drew most a lot of inspiration
from motifs presented in the works of Robert Frost, as well as Edgar Lee
Masters. He used Frost's gift of bending meter to create vivid, vernacular
speech, while at the same time creating resplendent images with Masters'
approach to breach the human psychology. Robinson's style was adored by
Teddy Roosevelt, among others, for his catchy contemporary tone. He found
that drawing from his personal views of human behavior led to the
generation of wholly original works that everybody could relate to.

Nick Johnson from United States
Comment 16 of 24, added on May 6th, 2009 at 10:12 PM.

Luke Havergal does an excellent job with bringing Edwin Arlington
Robinsonís philosophies of life too words. He believed that failure was
only for those who gave no effort, and success was for the effort and
morality put into overcoming oneís lifelong dilemma. Luke Havergal has
lost his lover too death which sets a dark tone and along with powerful
imagery and rhyming signifies the end or climax of a plight. Although
committing suicide is considered a mortal sin it would send Luke Havergal
through the gate to hell with his lover. He is even given reassurance in
that ďhell is more than half or paradiseĒ. Robinson could have then
consider this a successful life mainly because Luke Havergal was willing to
give up life in his struggle for what he truly desired.

Alex Mercado from United States
Comment 15 of 24, added on May 6th, 2009 at 4:08 AM.

Edwin Arlington Robinsonís poem Luke Havergal is a dark love poem that is a
close to a sequel to Robinsonís poem the Winds Are Tearing Them Away. Luke
Havergal has a dark and depressing tone to it since it covers the topic of
a man debating to comic suicide to be with his lover in hell. Though
Robinsonís poem uses a mournful rhythm it was a poem that caught the
attention of President Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt adored Luke
Havergal so much that he gave Robinson a job as a clerk in New York, which
is what finally, helped Robinson start his career. Not only that but
President Roosevelt wrote a review on The Children of the Night, which
featured Luke Havergal, to the public that made Robinson a best selling
author. It is very well that Robinson was inspired by the 19th century and
did not follow the rest of the 20th century writers. Robinsonís inspiration
is said to be Thomas Hardyís romanticism and the naturalism of Emile Zola,
which we see reoccurring in his other poems.

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Luke Havergal
Added: Feb 4 2004
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