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Analysis and comments on Miniver Cheevy by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Comment 20 of 97, added on February 6th, 2010 at 5:21 PM.
Miniver Cheevy

This is one of Robinson's lightest poems, but it has a sharp bite under the
humor. Cheevy is a common kind of character, one who never does much, but
has excuses for his lack of achievement. It isn't really his fault. In
Cheevy's case, he was just born at the wrong time. There is nothing
exciting or challenging in his own time and place, nothing to stir him up
and cause him to exert his latent talents.

Now if he could only have lived back in the romantic past, then he would
have amounted to something. He would have swashbuckled with the best of
those warriors of old. In his clever insinuations, Robinson gives us a
pretty good hint that those ancient times weren't so hot either. Whatever
"iron clothing" might have been like, it certainly didn't have much "grace"
to it. And it is obvious that the bright swords and prancing steeds are
part of an immature dreamer's fantasies.

I really can't see anything of Robinson himself in Miniver Cheevy. Maybe he
was displeased with his own childhood and his early lack of recognition,
but I could never imagine him just sitting around wishing that things were
different. Robinson was a hard worker, a very prolific poet.

Leonard Wilson from United States
Comment 19 of 97, added on May 7th, 2009 at 2:36 AM.

Known as a transitional poet, Edwin Arlington Robinson shows his humor as
he writes the poem "Miniver Cheevy". The poem illustrates irony as Miniver
wanted to live in a different era and be more successful while choosing to
waste his destiny and chances of gaining that success through drinking
alcohol at the present. Irony is where an action done by a character is the
opposite of what was meant to be expected.

Joseph Alvaro from United States
Comment 18 of 97, added on May 6th, 2009 at 10:48 PM.

Just like Emerson and Thoreau , Arlington wrote about his own life. His
writing was shaped by the problems and conflicts of his life. In the poem,
“Miniver Cheevy” the world is blamed for poverty. This poem in a way
portrays the life of Arlington. Jus like Arlington, Miniver drinks.

Alma Rivera from United States

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Miniver Cheevy
Added: Feb 4 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 6 2000


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