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Edwin Arlington Robinson bio

Robinson said "poetry is a language that tells us, through a more or less emotional reaction, something that cannot be said." Not bad. I’m reading Scott Donaldson’s new biography of Edwin Arlington Robinson. I like it. He seems to understand that while most great artists are great only in their art (this is why it’s good we know next to nothing about Shakespeare’s life), yet EAR was also a good man. I like Reuben Bright, Calverly’s, and The Unforgiven.

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It's probably good we know little about Shakespeare's life but, still . . . I'd be willing to forgive a lot in anyone who could write like that. Good writing might not be a compensating virtue . . . but sometimes I think it ought to be.

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