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Analysis and comments on Luke Havergal by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Comment 17 of 25, 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.

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Comment 16 of 25, added on May 6th, 2009 at 10:12 PM.

Luke Havergal does an excellent job with bringing Edwin Arlington
Robinson’s 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 one’s 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 “hell is more than half or paradise”. 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

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