Comment 1 of 1, added on March 27th, 2006 at 5:11 PM.
Edwin Arlington Robinson used this poem to communicate the difficulties of
affiliation between different social groups. In the first stanza, he
recollects that it was his pride that seperated him and the person he
speaks of. His reference to the mans hunger indicates the social status of
the man he is remembering. In the second stanza, there is evidence of a
brief encouter with the two men, and the poet cannot get him off his mind.
The man the poet was talking to was in need of food and money, but the
poet's pride and status kept him from commiting to help the struggling
individual. In the last stanza, he regets not doing more for this man. What
is interesting is that he hardly knew the man, but by the end of the poem,
he was calling him friend. This is because the poet saw much of himself in
the unfortunate and needy person he had met.
Dr. Wade Wilson from United States