Edwin Arlington Robinson Essay - Edwin Arlington Robinson Poetry: American Poets Analysis

Edwin Arlington Robinson Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

In response to a 1931 letter from Bess Dworsky, who was preparing a thesis on Edwin Arlington Robinson’s “philosophy,” the poet wrote: “I am rather sorry to learn that you are writing about my ’philosophy’—which is mostly a statement of my inability to accept a mechanistic interpretation of the universe and of life.” Critics have called Robinson an idealist, a Platonist, a transcendentalist, a pantheist, and many combinations thereof. Although it is indeed possible to identify in his poetry some elements of all the above, he was not an advocate of any philosophical system. He was most assuredly aware of the scientific and philosophical concepts that pressed toward a “mechanistic interpretation of the universe and...

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