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Captain Craig

Edwin Arlington Robinson

"In 1921, Edwin Arlington Robinson was only 52 and many of the pieces in his Collected Poems were written long before that. Yet he shows gifted understanding of old age, the passage of time, the slow decline that everyone must suffer, and the final cease and release of death. Isaac, in Isaac and Archibald, puts it very well to the poet's twelve-year-old alter ego: ""But even unto you, and your boy's faith, Your freedom, and your untried confidence, A time will come to find out what it means To know that you are losing what was yours, To know that you are being left behind; And then the long contempt of innocence God bless you, boy I don't think the worse of it Because an old man chatters in the shade Will all be like a story you have read In childhood and remembered for the pictures."" The title poem of the book, ""Captain Craig,"" is a series of monologues by a cranky, iconoclastic, perceptive and sometimes brilliant old eccentric, now in his final days, as he converses and entertains a set of younger men who befriend him. The old man is fascinating as he intertwines his themes of life and joy with his knowledge of his own approaching end. The other poems in the book are short studies in love, life and death, often from surprising points of view. Throughout the book, his portraits of men and women come vividly to life; the insights into personality and character he found almost a century ago ring just as true today. His instinct for human nature, his understanding of the great issues that shape life and fate, and his ability to find deep meaning in the commonplace make his work as intriguing today as it was in his own day - a day in which he won no less than three Pulitzer Prizes. Enjoy! "

"In 1921, Edwin Arlington Robinson was only 52 and many of the pieces in his Collected Poems were written long before that. Yet he shows gifted understanding of old age, the passage of time, the slow decline that everyone must suffer, and the final cease and release of death. Isaac, in Isaac and Archibald, puts it very well to the poet's twelve-year-old alter ego: ""But even unto you, and your boy's faith, Your freedom, and your untried confidence, A time will come to find out what it means To know that you are losing what was yours, To know that you are being left behind; And then the long contempt of innocence God bless you, boy I don't think the worse of it Because an old man chatters in the shade Will all be like a story you have read In childhood and remembered for the pictures."" The title poem of the book, ""Captain Craig,"" is a series of monologues by a cranky, iconoclastic, perceptive and sometimes brilliant old eccentric, now in his final days, as he converses and entertains a set of younger men who befriend him. The old man is fascinating as he intertwines his themes of life and joy with his knowledge of his own approaching end. The other poems in the book are short studies in love, life and death, often from surprising points of view. Throughout the book, his portraits of men and women come vividly to life; the insights into personality and character he found almost a century ago ring just as true today. His instinct for human nature, his understanding of the great issues that shape life and fate, and his ability to find deep meaning in the commonplace make his work as intriguing today as it was in his own day - a day in which he won no less than three Pulitzer Prizes. Enjoy! "
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"In 1921, Edwin Arlington Robinson was only 52 and many of the pieces in his Collected Poems were written long before that. Yet he shows gifted understanding of old age, the passage of time, the slow decline that everyone must suffer, and the final cease and release of death. Isaac, in Isaac and Archibald, puts it very well to the poet's twelve-year-old alter ego: ""But even unto you, and your boy's faith, Your freedom, and your untried confidence, A time will come to find out what it means To know that you are losing what was yours, To know that you are being left behind; And then the long contempt of innocence God bless you, boy I don't think the worse of it Because an old man chatters in the shade Will all be like a story you have read In childhood and remembered for the pictures."" The title poem of the book, ""Captain Craig,"" is a series of monologues by a cranky, iconoclastic, perceptive and sometimes brilliant old eccentric, now in his final days, as he converses and entertains a set of younger men who befriend him. The old man is fascinating as he intertwines his themes of life and joy with his knowledge of his own approaching end. The other poems in the book are short studies in love, life and death, often from surprising points of view. Throughout the book, his portraits of men and women come vividly to life; the insights into personality and character he found almost a century ago ring just as true today. His instinct for human nature, his understanding of the great issues that shape life and fate, and his ability to find deep meaning in the commonplace make his work as intriguing today as it was in his own day - a day in which he won no less than three Pulitzer Prizes. Enjoy! "

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

3h 22m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:43


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:43


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:38


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:05


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:58


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:54