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Analysis and comments on Cliff Klingenhagen by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Comment 8 of 8, added on March 28th, 2013 at 7:16 AM.
Superb!

Superb!


Hernan from United States
Comment 7 of 8, added on March 7th, 2012 at 10:44 AM.
Cliff Klingenhagen

I know who Cliff Klingenhagen is and why he was so happy.
It was my Lord who drank the bitter cup so that you and I could taste from
the Fruit of the Vine around His table.
It was bringing us into glory that was His joy that allowed Him to endure
the cross, despising its shame. This is why He rose up from the dust of
the Garden and said, “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
-- Jn. 18:11.
Christ figures abound in poetry. Why not here too?

Jim Nichols from United States
Comment 6 of 8, added on December 15th, 2009 at 11:37 AM.
Tedy Roosevelt

The author of the poem, Robinson, was a great admirer of Roosevelt. I think
the poem shows his admiration of Teddy but does it indirectly by calling
him Cliff in the poem. He says Teddy is willing to quaff a stiff, bitter
drink for his friends such as himself. This shows the selfless character of
Teddy Roosevelt.

Inta Gulbis from United States
Comment 5 of 8, added on December 1st, 2009 at 6:42 PM.

Cliff is happy because he is unselfish. I think the wormwood ritual is his
way of reminding himself that he's here for others, and not the other way
around.

jt from United States
Comment 4 of 8, added on July 12th, 2009 at 10:21 AM.

He's a happy man for two reasons:

one, he likes to offer his guest the choice drink.

two, he can do something which most cannot, that is, drink wormwood.
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ea
Comment 3 of 8, added on July 11th, 2009 at 11:53 AM.

Teresa, I think you missed the boat....the speaker tells us that Cliff is
happy and that his happiness is something to be desired... I just don't
know why. Tom, I agree he could easily choose a glass of wine for himself
as well, but why strut his 'martydom' in front of a guest, why not deprive
himself in private and indulge himself with a friend? I'm a big EAR
fan,(Richard Cory, Miniver Cheevy) but this one escapes me and has for the
last forty years.

Andre Jackson
Comment 2 of 8, added on January 2nd, 2009 at 1:16 PM.

Cliff could well have poured a glass of wine for himself, as well as for
his guest (the narrator), and indeed, he probably did -- from time to time.
But not EVERY time. Once in a while, such as the scene of the poem, he
would forgo the pleasures available to him. Then, when he DID imbibe them,
he appreciated them. But most people would -- naturally? -- imbibe
whatever pleasure they can get every time. But such people no longer
appreciate the pleasures of life and become jaded; they have pleasure, but
not happiness. The narrator is one of "most people"; hence, he is not "as
happy as Cliff Klingnhagen is" -- and doesn't know why.


Tom Longua from United States
Comment 1 of 8, added on May 15th, 2006 at 10:17 AM.

Poor Cliff Klingenhagen goes through life being the center of a pity party.
He assumes and accepts that the darkest of clouds will continue to hang
over his head for the rest of his life, and he relishes in it. He does not
look for a happy outcome in life, instead he welcomes the bitterness life
has to offer, after all, he deserves it, and becomes a martyr. He is
different, thus is curious to others.Poor pityful Cliff. He is the cortex
of bad luck, and is happy in the making of it.

teresa Jewell from United States

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Cliff Klingenhagen
Added: Jun 3 2005
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Poem of the Day: Mar 5 2006


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