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cmebecarolyn | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2008 at 12:26 AM via web

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Could someone give a paraphrase of the poem "Miniver Cheevy" by Edwin Arlington Robinson?

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 30, 2008 at 1:11 AM (Answer #1)

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In summary, the poem is about a man who wishes he lived in other times and places.  He is discontent with his life, and wants the high romance and action of previous times; this discontent leads him to drinking.

To paraphrase, it says he scorned his life and that he was born; he longed for warriors, swords, and horses-those things would "set him dancing".  He longed for what was not, while resting from his work.  He longed for Priam, Camelot, Romance, Art, reknown, the Medici.  He loathed the common, everyday of life; the khaki suits instead of armor, having to work each day for money (though he needed it).  He thought and thought about his discontent, and kept on drinking.

I included links to the poem, and to some great commentary on it.

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