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Edwin Arlington Robinson - On the Night of a Friend's Wedding

If ever I am old, and all alone, 
I shall have killed one grief, at any rate; 
For then, thank God, I shall not have to wait 
Much longer for the sheaves that I have sown. 
The devil only knows what I have done,
But here I am, and here are six or eight 
Good friends, who most ingenuously prate 
About my songs to such and such a one. 

But everything is all askew to-night,— 
As if the time were come, or almost come,
For their untenanted mirage of me 
To lose itself and crumble out of sight, 
Like a tall ship that floats above the foam 
A little while, and then breaks utterly. 

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: On the Night of a Friend's Wedding
Poem of the Day: Feb 12 2007

Comment 5 of 5, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:27 AM.

In this poem "On the Night of a Friend's Wedding" Edwin Arlington Robinson points out many things. This poem seems to be a little humorous and bit sarcastic. He was a very lonely man because his parents focused more on his two older brothers. He felt lonely all of his life and in the poem he says that he has close friends. Robinson wrote a poem that mislead people into thinking he was something that he was not. In all reality Edwin was miserable and lonely.

Kristina from United States
Comment 4 of 5, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:32 AM.

Edwin Arlington Robinson is said to have influenced the four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Frost. Despite such an accomplishment, throughout his life, Edwin Arlington Robinson was seen as an outcast and felt alienated by the people around him. His attitude and melancholy is apparent throughout his free verse “On the Night of a Friend’s Wedding”.

Katie Cleveland from United States
Comment 3 of 5, added on May 6th, 2009 at 10:52 AM.

Edwin Arlington Robinson was a new type of poet after the Civil War; he was a poet of transition and change. Robinson was significantly influenced by the great poet Robert Frost. Even though Robinson was influenced by Frost, the two poets wrote in two different styles for example: Robinson used free verse and Frost used more of rhyming lines in his poems. Robinson was an extremely lonely man within the duration of his life. This lonely state was easy to view through the context of “On the Night of a Friend’s Wedding”. Surrounded by his closest friends in the poem you could still feel a sense of Robinson being an outcast, just as he had been his entire life. The poem also has imagery within the context, this helps create a vivid image in the audience’s mind.

Brittany Celani from United States

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