In this long poem (47 quatrains), Annandale visits his doctor after years of absence and tells the doctor his story. When his wife Miriam died, he mourned her, "wept and said that all was done." Then he met Damaris, "who knows everything, / Knows how to find so much in me." Damaris, who became his second wife, comforts and accepts him. Even though sometimes "her complexities / Are restive" and she becomes angry, soon "She folds her paws and purrs again.

Annandale tells this story of late life happiness, then leaves the doctor's office. He never reaches home: "There was a sick crash in the street, / And after that there was no doubt, / Of what there was." In the last five quatrains, the doctor reflects on what he did for Annandale after the accident ("the one thing to do")--euthanasia.


Annandale is one of the many fascinating characters in E. A. Robinson's Tilbury Town. His full story appears in a 16-page poem called "The Book of Annandale." "Annandale Again" summarizes this story from the perspective of the doctor recounting his last conversation with Annandale. The issue of euthanasia is dealt with obliquely and inferentially.

This poem is a companion piece to How Annandale Went Out (see this database), in which the doctor defends his act of euthanasia. The irony of Annandale's accident occurring at a time when his happiness has been restored is another example of Robinson's often bleak (but realistic) view of the human condition. (See also Richard Cory and Miniver Cheevy, annotated in this database.)

Primary Source

Tilbury Town. Selected Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson



Place Published

New York




Lawrence Thompson