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A Voice Still HeardSelected Essays of Irving Howe$
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Irving Howe and Nina Howe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203660

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203660.001.0001

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A Grave and Solitary Voice: An Appreciation of Edwin Arlington Robinson {1970}

A Grave and Solitary Voice: An Appreciation of Edwin Arlington Robinson {1970}

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(p.127) A Grave and Solitary Voice: An Appreciation of Edwin Arlington Robinson {1970}
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A Voice Still Heard
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Irving Howe

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0009

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1970 essay “A Grave and Solitary Voice,” in which he pays tribute to the American poet Edwin Arlington Robinson. Howe talks about Robinson's early years in New York as well as the imprint of New England on his sensibility. He suggests that Robinson's poetry borrowed from both Emersonianism and genteel idealism, and notes that many of his shorter poems such as lyrics, ballads, sonnets, and dramatic narratives are set in the fictional Tilbury Town. Howe ends his essay by citing Robinson's poems about lost and aging country people, mostly in New England.

Keywords:   poetry, Irving Howe, Edwin Arlington Robinson, New York, New England, Emersonianism, idealism, ballads, sonnets, Tilbury Town

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