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The Town Down the River

Edwin Arlington Robinson

"In 1910, when Edwin Arlington Robinson published The Town Down The River, he included what has become one of his most famous poems: ""Miniver Cheevy."" His portrait of this man, a ""child of scorn"" who ""wept that he was ever born,"" who ""sighed for what was not,"" who ""scratched his head and kept on thinking,"" captures Arlington's sense of life in 32 immortal lines. The other poems in the book, though not as famous as ""Miniver Cheevy,"" amplify and explore Arlington's sense of the fate of humankind in ways both serious and comic. He can be mystically, really Biblically, allegorical, as in ""The Wise Brothers;"" he can be amused, cynical and detached, as in ""Doctor of Billiards."" He can be both relieved and amazed to find a human life that has redeemed itself, as in ""Shadrach O'Leary,"" and both frightened and bewildered by the inscrutable lives that confront him, as in ""Alma Mater."" No matter what mood he takes, 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. "

"In 1910, when Edwin Arlington Robinson published The Town Down The River, he included what has become one of his most famous poems: ""Miniver Cheevy."" His portrait of this man, a ""child of scorn"" who ""wept that he was ever born,"" who ""sighed for what was not,"" who ""scratched his head and kept on thinking,"" captures Arlington's sense of life in 32 immortal lines. The other poems in the book, though not as famous as ""Miniver Cheevy,"" amplify and explore Arlington's sense of the fate of humankind in ways both serious and comic. He can be mystically, really Biblically, allegorical, as in ""The Wise Brothers;"" he can be amused, cynical and detached, as in ""Doctor of Billiards."" He can be both relieved and amazed to find a human life that has redeemed itself, as in ""Shadrach O'Leary,"" and both frightened and bewildered by the inscrutable lives that confront him, as in ""Alma Mater."" No matter what mood he takes, 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. "
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"In 1910, when Edwin Arlington Robinson published The Town Down The River, he included what has become one of his most famous poems: ""Miniver Cheevy."" His portrait of this man, a ""child of scorn"" who ""wept that he was ever born,"" who ""sighed for what was not,"" who ""scratched his head and kept on thinking,"" captures Arlington's sense of life in 32 immortal lines. The other poems in the book, though not as famous as ""Miniver Cheevy,"" amplify and explore Arlington's sense of the fate of humankind in ways both serious and comic. He can be mystically, really Biblically, allegorical, as in ""The Wise Brothers;"" he can be amused, cynical and detached, as in ""Doctor of Billiards."" He can be both relieved and amazed to find a human life that has redeemed itself, as in ""Shadrach O'Leary,"" and both frightened and bewildered by the inscrutable lives that confront him, as in ""Alma Mater."" No matter what mood he takes, 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. "

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

1h 6m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

00:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:08


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:17


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:07


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:54