Analysis Of Robinson's "Mr. Flood's Party"

In Edwin Arlington Robinson's poem, “Mr. Flood's Party,” Eben Flood
is dealing with some hard times. It is the stage in life where time is
catching up to the elder. When friends are passing on and daily routines
don't seem as simple. Getting old is something that is natural, however in
Mr. Flood's Party” it shows how Eben Flood refuses to let time get the best
of him. He uses unique ways to deal with the loss of friends and growing
The setting of this poem even adds to the over all elderly view.
In line 3 of Robinson's work, “And the forsaken upland hermitage.
Hermitage according to Webster's New College Dictionary means, “a place
where person can live away from other ...

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far from the pointat hand.
While reading this great poem, you can clearly see that being old
and alone will not stop Mr. Flood from living life to the fullest. In
lines 9-13 of Robinson's masterpiece, Eben is having a ball at his party,
no matter if he is the only one in attendance.

“Well, Mr. Flood, we have the harvest moon
Again, and we may not have many more:
The bird is on the wing, the poet says,
And you and I have said it here before.
Drink to the bird.”

He seems to carry on conversation with a friend, that is nowhere around or
has been for some time. This is just one of the ways Eben Flood continues
to live on.
Mr. Eben Flood does know the importance of good friends. E. A.
Robinson relates to elderly friends in many pieces of his work. In his
poem “An Old Story,” one of the men loses a friend to old age. The sad
part, like so many other times in life is he doesn't realize how much ...

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