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The Man Against the Sky

Edwin Arlington Robinson

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"In The Man Against The Sky, Edwin Arlington Robinson presents us with a gallery of characters drawn from the streets, homes and gathering places of Tilbury Town, his fictional Northeastern dwelling place. A mysterious compelling stranger, a woman living on charity, a welcoming home - this and other portraits give us a compelling and perceptive view of the range of human character and feeling. As if to widen the horizons of Tilbury Town, he also imagines people from distant times and places. We hear Ben Jonson speculating about Shakespeare; we see Galahad at the moment of taking his seat at the Round Table, and Cassandra in her old age. At the end of the book, he sums them all up in the brilliant and troubling poem that gives the title to the book, a portrait of a man seen against a fiery sky, a lonely man, unknown, yet representative of all humanity and of the human struggle to achieve - or, at the very least, continue the struggle. ""There can be no doubt of the high position he holds in American poetry when we examine 'The Man Against the Sky,' published in 1916. It would seem as though his previous books were merely working up to this achievement, so far beyond them is this volume. A little book of one hundred and forty-nine pages, and yet, in reading it, one experiences a sensation akin to that of the man who opens a jar of comopressed air. It is a profound wonder that so much can have been forced into so small a space. For 'The Man Against The Sky' is dynamic with experience and knowledge of life."" -- Amy Lowell, in Tendencies in Modern American Poetry, 1917, p. 51. A Freshwater Seas production."

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

1h 44m


Chapters

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04:55

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:54