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Analysis and comments on Miniver Cheevy by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Comment 17 of 97, added on May 6th, 2009 at 10:42 PM.

Miniver Cheevy is a classic case of someone being convinced the grass is
greener on the other side. Robinson uses rhymes schemes again too
emphasize the potent dream Cheevy imagines: the medieval period being full
of valor, respect and bravery. Unfortunately his knowledge is based off
the legends and folk tales he hears of Camelot, which never actually
existed. In reality, the medieval period was plagued with starvation and
disease. Miniver Cheevy does not know this though and dreams of living in
a fantasy far from reality, growing greater and greater in his imagination
and driven by alcohol. Consequently, Cheevy chooses to blame fate and
wastes his life away on alcohol, an average solution for the average
American at the time. Robinson too felt slightly separated from his
society and family as a child but he was clever to see past the illusion.

Alex Mercado from United States
Comment 16 of 97, added on May 6th, 2009 at 10:15 PM.

In Miniver Cheevy, by Edwin Arlington Robinson, it talks about a character
whose past was simply that, the past. It talks about Miniver Cheevy
regretting the fact he was ever born due to his childhood being full of
unsuccessful memories. In this we see the relation between Miniver
Cheevyís and Edwin Arlington Robinsonís childhood. Edwin Arlington
Robinson always felt like an outsider, but his love was poetry and he would
express himself through his poetry finding later his poetry is what would
make him feel like he wasnít alienated anymore.

Sarah Landry from United States
Comment 15 of 97, added on May 6th, 2009 at 1:41 AM.

Edwin Arlington Robinsonsí talent to evoke human behaviors is again showed
in Miniver Cheevy. In this poem Minivir Cheevey is a man that is not happy
with the present time he is born into and fantasies of the Renaissance era
in Italy. Robinsonsí uses aphorism to pin point the character in the poem
and get the sense of the irony of this character. In this case the
characters name Miniver: the white fur trim, worn in medieval and
Renaissance, Italy. Cheevy dreams of the being part of the Medici, a
powerful Italian of the sixteen century. At the end of the poem the Cheevey
is brought back his reality and an after taste of unreachable fantasy;
Robinson failed on his early written career, and must have also desired
like Cheevy to be someone in life.

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 14 of 97, added on May 6th, 2009 at 1:39 AM.

Edwin Arlington Robinsonsí talent to evoke human behaviors is again showed
in Miniver Cheevy. In this poem Minivir Cheevey is a man that is not happy
with the present time he is born into and fantasies of the Renaissance era
in Italy. Robinsonsí uses aphorism to pin point the character in the poem
and get the sense of the irony of this character. In this case the
characters name Miniver: the white fur trim, worn in medieval and
Renaissance, Italy. Cheevy dreams of the being part of the Medici, a
powerful Italian of the sixteen century. At the end of the poem the Cheevey
is brought back his reality and an after taste of unreachable fantasy;
Robinson failed on his early written career, and must have also desired
like Cheevy to be someone in life.

Elizabeth
Comment 13 of 97, added on May 6th, 2009 at 4:24 AM.

"Miniver Cheevy", by Edward Arlington Robinson, shows an important
difference in pessimism compared to "Richard Cory", another poem written by
Robinson. Although "Miniver Cheevy" shows a hint of bitterness and longing
for the past, Robinson displays a slight sense of humor and a sliver of
hope through Cheevy's conclusive snicker at the end of the poem.

Alicia Tucker from United States
Comment 12 of 97, added on April 13th, 2009 at 6:07 PM.

miniver cheevy is just like everyone else. Yes - he handles his problems
differently than some by drinking, but we all have a fantasy world in which
we want to live in. drinking may not be how we cope with the fact that we
can't live in our fantasy worlds, but i'm sure there is something that some
people do that others may find unusual ...

Asia from United States
Comment 11 of 97, added on August 6th, 2008 at 10:22 PM.

Miniver apparently wishes to escape to a simpler, storybook world rather
than confront things as they are. Perhaps he may find it in a bottle.

Tom McLean from United States
Comment 10 of 97, added on June 11th, 2008 at 3:58 AM.

One of problems of miniver is his nostalgyc strong connection to the past
that enables somehow to live in the present/another contrast is the
love/hatred for money . Society requires of him earn a living, and he
belives in Art for Art sake

Agueda from Spain
Comment 9 of 97, added on February 20th, 2008 at 9:20 PM.

Who is the audience of this poem???

Ashley
Comment 8 of 97, added on May 25th, 2007 at 2:54 AM.

I think that Robinson is telling the reader that no matter how frustarating
a dream can be that someting you dream about and you know can never be
obtained can still be something to strive for. Using your imagination only
brings out your inner child and your real hopes and dreams. i think
Robinson is telling the reader not to give up on themselves and keep
pursuing what we want.

aria collin 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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