"Miniver Coughed And Called It Fate, And Kept On Drinking"

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Last Updated on June 26, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 136

Context: In "Miniver Cheevy" Robinson attempts to portray a man who, being unable to accept the reality of the age in which he lives, turns to the imagined romance of the past. Poor "Miniver is set dancing when he sees "The vision of a warrior bold." Miniver dreams of "Thebes and Camelot,/ And Priam's neighbors." Although he has never seen a Medici, "He would have sinned incessantly/ Could he have been one." And so, unable to bear the brutality and lack of grace of the present day, he takes to drink and to dreams of days passed. This is the classic portrait of the romantic escapist who cannot face life as he finds it.

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Miniver Cheevy, born too late,
Scratched his head and kept on thinking;
Miniver coughed, and called it fate,
And kept on drinking.

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