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Edwin Arlington Robinson - Sonnet

Oh for a poet—for a beacon bright 
To rift this changless glimmer of dead gray; 
To spirit back the Muses, long astray, 
And flush Parnassus with a newer light; 
To put these little sonnet-men to flight
Who fashion, in a shrewd mechanic way, 
Songs without souls, that flicker for a day, 
To vanish in irrevocable night. 

What does it mean, this barren age of ours? 
Here are the men, the women, and the flowers,
The seasons, and the sunset, as before. 
What does it mean? Shall there not one arise 
To wrench one banner from the western skies, 
And mark it with his name forevermore? 

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Sonnet
Poem of the Day: Feb 26 2009

Comment 2 of 2, added on November 20th, 2013 at 7:35 AM.

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Comment 1 of 2, added on June 2nd, 2009 at 6:15 AM.

Robinson's comments are still accurate. Where is today's Shakespeare, Blake, Goethe . . .

Emily Waters from United States

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