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Analysis and comments on On the Night of a Friend's Wedding by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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
Comment 2 of 5, added on May 6th, 2009 at 12:22 AM.

Edwin Robision was a insecure and lonley man. He was always considered and
outcast by those who knew him.This poem reflects a very miserable person
who seems to want the end to be near. When he refers to the devil he is
admitting to his shortcommings or things he is not proud of in life. Parts
of this poem are hard to understand but in the end when he writes about
floating above the foam and utterly breaking, I think it refers to his life
and that at times he can cope when he is floating and sometime he can't
when he utterly breaks and falls apart. This poem is very depressing and
sad

lauren engeln from United States
Comment 1 of 5, added on May 4th, 2009 at 7:35 PM.

Edwin Arlington Robinson was a very lonesome man. He considered himself an
outsider, in his family and his town. It show in this poem alot that he was
very miserable and lonely. Alot of his influence for writing was from a
poet by the name of Robert Frost. Unlike this poem, Robinsons poems have
compassion and humor. This poem is really hard to follow unless you really
look at it and it shows that everyone sees him as someone that isnt really
him. He uses alot of mock, as in mocking people. He also uses heroic
comparisons and macks solemnity. This poem shows how miserable Robinson
really was.

Stefanie Wallensack from United States

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: On the Night of a Friend's Wedding
Added: Jun 3 2005
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Poem of the Day: Feb 12 2007


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