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Analysis and comments on Reuben Bright by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Comment 3 of 3, added on August 6th, 2011 at 11:27 PM.
Reuben Bright

My take on this poem is much different than any I have ever read or heard.
Reuben Bright was a butcher because it was a means to support his wife and
family. He suffered and sacrificed his life for the sake of his wife
because that was what was required of him. When his wife died that burden
was removed and he could finally cleanse himself of that self-imposed duty
and start his life again for himself. He never really wanted to be a
butcher and he now has no need for the slaughterhouse.

John Bravo from United States
Comment 2 of 3, added on November 9th, 2005 at 4:27 PM.

I just lost my mother, and this poem makes me want to tear down the
slaughter house in my heart. I know how Reuben felt...

michael cook from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on July 10th, 2005 at 9:24 PM.

after 9-11 when the country was seized with bloodlust and revenge , i was
feeling isolated and a little crazy, i would write this poem on the side
walk in chaulk , it was the only thing i felt that people could hear.it's a
masterful description of death on a personal level which to me seems to cut
thru all of the dogma that people use to insolate themselves from a truth
which on some level they already know.

dave from United States

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Reuben Bright
Added: Feb 4 2004
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