By Edwin Arlington Robinson
Edwin Arlington Robinson's finely crafted, formal rhythms reflect the strain the poet sees among life's immutable conditions and humanity's frequently tragic makes an attempt to exert keep watch over. without delay dramatic and witty, his poems lay naked the loneliness and melancholy of lifestyles in genteel small cities, the tyranny of affection, and unstated, omitted soreness. the fictitious characters he created in "Ruben Bright," "Miniver Cheevy," and "Richard Cory," and the historic figures he dropped at life--Lincoln in "The Master" and the nice painter in "Rembrandt to Rembrandt"--harbor demons and passions the area treats with indifference or cruelty. With an advent that sheds mild on Robinson's effect on poets from Eliot and Pound to Frost and Berryman, this assortment deliver an unjustly ignored poet to a brand new new release of readers.
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For instance, many Americans believed the Cubans and Filipinos to be intellectually and morally inferior to whites and therefore unlikely candidates for self-governance. At the same time, they felt obliged to help them because they sympathized with their struggle to free themselves from Spain. Rather than resolve the contradictions inherent in these assumptions, they held them in tandem. ” Davis opposed citizenship for the Filipinos because he thought them racially unﬁt to carry out democratic responsibilities.
Compacted into Beveridge’s idea of America as Christian is also the idea that it is white. This “race” prides itself not only on its love of freedom and its republican principles, but also on its aggressiveness. Beveridge’s oration not only lays out the basic assumptions of the American story, it also follows a common narrative structure in the period’s congressional speeches on annexation issues, one in which historical narrative substitutes for legal exegesis. S. S. history. 29 But rather than closely reading the Constitution and related legislation, most lawmakers contextualized their constitutional reasoning within the national mythology, justifying expansion 26 GOD’S ARBITERS as the implementation of God’s plan for America.
33 28 GOD’S ARBITERS Like his imperialist colleagues, Tillman sees American identity as Christian. ” But he does not interpret that “spirit” as sanctioning forced conversions. “We are asked to do as Mahomet did with his creed— carry the Christian religion to these people upon the point of a bayonet, as he spread Islamism over western Asia and eastern Europe and northern Africa on his scimitar,” he continues, and uses this comparison with Islamic proselytizing as the turning point in his critique: There are two forces struggling for mastery here, and the better instincts of every Senator .