Robinson was born in 1869, at Head Tide in Maine and
until 1897 lived at the family home in Gardiner, Maine, aside from several years
as a student at Harvard University. For the rest of his life he moved in New
York and devoted his life to writing poetry. Robinson earned a small living
first as a subway inspector and then in the city's customs office. His Collected Poems in 1922 received the Pulitzer Prize and
earned him a degree as Doctor of Literature at Yale University. Although best
known for his short poems, long poems such as Captain Craig (1902),
Lancelot (1920), The Man Who Died Twice (1924), and Tristram
(1927) earned him acclaim from his peers. The last two of these won Pulitzer
Prizes in 1925 and 1927, when he was elected as a member of the National Academy
of Arts and Letters. Robinson never married but enjoyed the company of many
friends. He died in New York on April 6, 1935.
A Happy Man
When these graven
lines you see,
Traveller, do not pity me;
Though I be among the dead,
Let no mournful word be said.
Children that I leave behind,
And their children, all were kind;
Near to them and to my wife,
I was happy all my life.
My three sons I married right,
And their sons I rocked at night;
Death nor sorrow never brought
Cause for one unhappy thought.
Now, and with no need of tears,
Here they leave me, full of years,--
Leave me to my quiet rest
In the region of the blest.
Edwin Arlington Robinson
graven lines: detalladas líneas, oraciones
do not pity me: no te compadezcas de mí
though (although) I be among the dead: aunque me encuentre entre
let no mournful word be said: no pronuncies palabras luctuosas o
children that I leave behind: los niños que dejo
I rocked: mecí, arrullé
sorrow: pena, congoja, aflicción
with no need of tears: sin necesidad de lágrimas
blest = blessed: benditos, bienaventurados
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