Miniver Cheevy

Robinson, Edwin Arlington

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem

Coulehan, Jack
Annotator
  • Date of entry: Jun-24-1994
  • Last revised: Jan-09-2007

Summary

Miniver Cheevy was a "child of scorn" who regretted his life in the real world. He loved to dream of the past, especially the glorious and romantic past. He loved abstractions, like Art and Romance, but "cursed the commonplace" of everyday life. He "scorned the gold he sought, / But sore annoyed was he without it . . . . " He couldn't DO anything in the world, so he "called it fate, / And kept on drinking."

Commentary

Like "Richard Cory," this is another of Robinson's poems that sketch a quick, memorable portrait of a person bent on self-destruction.

Miscellaneous

First published: 1910

Primary Source

Selected Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson

Publisher

Macmillan

Place Published

London

Edition

1965

Editor

Morton Dauwen Zabel