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Analysis and comments on Bewick Finzer by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Comment 1 of 1, added on April 14th, 2015 at 11:43 AM.
Bewick Finzer-Point of view

The point of view is in the first person because the speaker is a bank
employee telling the story of Bewick Finzer’s financial decline. “He comes
unfailing for the loan-We give and then forget; He comes, and probably for
years-Will he be coming yet,-.” The poem starts with the fact that Finzer
once had a “half million” but something happened, “the worm of
what-was-not” and so, his “half million went.” At first the reader may get
a sense that the poem was written in the third person, but because the last
stanza makes it clear that someone in the poem is telling the story, we are
not sure of Finzer’s exact circumstance or feelings. Rather, we are given
someone’s observations of Finzer, “Poor Finzer, with his dreams and
schemes-Fares hard now in the race”, and their interpretation of how Finzer
might be feeling. The speaker says that Finzer has a “broken voice” and a
“withered neck” because he must regularly come to the bank and ask for a
loan. I believe this poem represents society’s view of economic decline;
that is, when someone has lost a fortune, only sadness and regret remain,
but we can’t be sure if Finzer himself is indeed feeling the “brilliance of
despair.” This poem is a statement about society’s view of the supreme
importance and impact of money.

Karen Macartney from United States

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Bewick Finzer
Added: Jun 3 2005
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