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Transcript of Miniver Cheevy
He began writing poetry at age 11
Went to Harvard
Lived in poverty
His poems got the attention of President Theodore Roosevelt, which landed him a job as a clerk in the New York Customs House
He gained a reputation as one of the country's most accomplished narrative poets Edwin Arlington Robinson
1869-1935 Miniver Cheevy, child of scorn,
Grew lean while he assailed the seasons;
He wept that he was ever born,
And he had reasons.
Miniver loved the days of old
When swords were bright and steeds were prancing;
The vision of a warrior bold
Would set him dancing.
Miniver sighed for what was not,
And dreamed, and rested from his labors;
He dreamed of Thebes and Camelot,
And Priam’s neighbors.
Miniver mourned the ripe renown
That made so many a name so fragrant;
He mourned Romance, now on the town,
And Art, a vagrant. Miniver Cheevy Thebes: a city of ancient Greece
Camelot: King Arthur's legendary castle
Priam's neighbors: the participants in the Trojan War
Medici: a powerful Italian noble family
Albeit: even though
Renown: Being talked about or known by many people; fame
Vagrant: A person who wanders from place to place and lives by begging 1: Miniver has always, even through childhood, been unhappy and unsatisfied with his life and questioned why he was born.
2: Miniver wishes that he lived in the past, in the days of swords and warriors. He thinks that the days of the past are better than modern days. Thinking of the past makes him happy.
3: He sat around thinking about the past, wishing he could be in the time of the Trojan War, in ancient cities, and legendary castles.
4: He implies that the renown are dead, and that there are a lack of heroes nowadays. He also says that romance is gone and out of his reach. Likewise, he implies that art is a poor beggar compared to Miniver's thoughts of the past.
5: He loved thinking about the Medici, a powerful family of the past, during the Renaissance. He thinks about what he would do if he could have been a part of the Medici.
6: He doesn't like modern days and modern clothing. He would rather be in the old medieval days, wearing suits of armor, as the knights had.
7: He wants money, but he has none. Instead of doing something about it, he just sits around and thinks/dreams of the past.
8: He was born in the wrong age, but doesn't do anything productive about it. Instead he sits there, thinking and drinking his sorrows away. Analysis Rhyme Scheme
Every stanza has 4 lines
The 1st and 3rd lines have 8 syllables
The 2nd line has 9 syllables
The last line has 5 syllables
Every stanza starts with Miniver
"thought, and thought, and thought"
"Miniver Mourned" and "Ripe Renown" (line 13)
"Cursed the Commonplace" (line 21)
"Romance, now on the town,"
"Art, a vagrant" Literary Elements Miniver loved the Medici,
Albeit he had never seen one;
He would have sinned incessantly
Could he have been one.
Miniver cursed the commonplace
And eyed a khaki suit with loathing;
He missed the mediæval grace
Of iron clothing.
Miniver scorned the gold he sought,
But sore annoyed was he without it;
Miniver thought, and thought, and thought,
And thought about it.
Miniver Cheevy, born too late,
Scratched his head and kept on thinking;
Miniver coughed, and called it fate,
And kept on drinking. Vocab Hannah Jenks, Nikki TerHorst, Karlee Sayre