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Miniver Cheevy

The narrator tells us Cheevy "dreamed of Thebes and Camelot, and Priam's neighbors." What are the possible downsides...

Dame Mary Beard, a classical scholar at Cambridge University who has written extensively about Ancient Rome, spoke in the 2019 series of Gifford lectures about Roman sexual violence. When asked if...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020 7:11 am UTC

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Miniver Cheevy

What is the rhyme and meter of "Miniver Cheevy" by Edwin Arlington Robinson? What effect does this structure give to...

The rhyme scheme of the poem is abab in each stanza. This is a typical rhyming pattern for ballads; however, many of the end rhymes are feminine rhymes, which is not necessarily typical of ballads....

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016 5:42 am UTC

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Miniver Cheevy

“Romance” and “Art” are personified in the fourth stanza. What does Cheevy think has happened to romance and art in...

In Edwin Robinson's poem "Miniver Cheevy," Cheevy believes that art and romance have been cheapened and lost their nobility and pureness. Cheevy sees modern art as a wandering, aimless vagrant. He...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 1:23 pm UTC

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Miniver Cheevy

If Miniver Cheevy had lived in an earlier time, do you believe he would have been a hero?

The protagonist of Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem is a romantic who dreams about what life was like in earlier eras. Miniver Cheevy is a sad person who cries and sighs a lot, and he mourns for...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019 6:33 am UTC

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Miniver Cheevy

Compare the irony of situation in "Miniver Cheevy" and "Richard Cory."

Both of these poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poems employ situational irony, but they do so for opposite effects on the characterizations of their eponymous subjects. Situational irony is the...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2020 10:18 pm UTC

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How would you describe the theme or themes of Edwin Arlington Robinson's poem "Miniver Cheevy"?

Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem “Miniver Cheevy” explores a number of interrelated themes, including a fixation on the supposed attractions of the past and a disdain for the supposed shortcomings...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011 12:05 pm UTC

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Miniver Cheevy

In "Miniver Cheevy" by Edwin Robinson, what does the character long for?

Miniver Cheevy longs for "the days of old...when swords were bright and steeds were prancing." He "sighs for what (is) not," dreaming of a past that he sees completely unrealistically. Miniver...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2010 11:25 am UTC

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What words in "Miniver Cheevy" describe Miniver's action and inaction?

Miniver Cheevy, in Edwin Arlington Robinson's poem by the same name, is a dreamer. He loves the past and mourns both its passing and, even more, the fact that he cannot experience it personally....

Latest answer posted July 1, 2020 9:31 pm UTC

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Miniver Cheevy

What is the difference in the poet's tones  in "Miniver Cheevy" and "Mr.Flood's Party"? 

Indeed, there is a sharp difference in tone between Robinson's poems, "Miniver Cheevy" and "Mr. Flood's Party." For, it is with satire that Miniver, who "sighed for what was not/And dreamed" is...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012 7:39 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2008 1:11 am UTC

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