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Richard Corey was written by a talented poet named Edwin Arlington Robinson This poem as well as many of his other works reflects the life of Robinson because as you will learn he faced many hardships and had to overcome many obstacles throughout his lifetime Edwin Arlington Robinson was born on December 22 1869 in Head tide Maine He was the third of three sons and was considered a disappointment to his mother who wanted a daughter Robinson attended Harvard from 1891 to 1893 despite his fathers doubts about the value of higher education In the 1890s his familys fortunes began to diminish end up with a series of tragedies that influenced Edwins life and poetry In 1892 his father passed away The panic of 1893 slowly brought the family into bankruptcy over the next seven years Edwins brother Dean became addicted to morphine and went back home because of his health Edwin was forced to leave Harvard due to the familys bankruptcy and his mothers dying health In 1896 his mother died of black diphtheria which is an upper repertory tract illness characterized by sore throat fever and adherent membrane of the tonsils pharynx and nose Back in those days this was a horrible sickness Because of that no mortician wanted to handle the body so the brothers had to lay out their mother dig the grave and bury her Robinson met the love of his life while taking dance lessons in 1887 Her name was Emma Shepherd he found a companion to talk to and someone to encourage his poetry There was one problem it was either write poetry of raise a family but not both He introduced Emma to his brother who later got married together But Robinson still loved Emma so it forced him to move to New York City in 1897 In 1898 his brother Dean died from a possible intentional drug over dose Robinson chose to live in poverty
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