Miniver Cheevy

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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869—1935)


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Poem in iambic tetrameter quatrains by E. A. Robinson, published in The Town Down the River (1910).

This satirical portrait of Miniver, a worldly failure in Tilbury Town, shows him to be unaware of his personal inadequacies, consoling himself with a romantic melancholy that he carries to absurd lengths. “Born too late,” he “sighed for what was not,” dreaming of “medieval grace” and “the days of old.” Thus his life consists of futile yearnings and frustration, to no end except that “Miniver coughed, and called it fate, And kept on drinking.”

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