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April 29, 2013

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I love the poetry of E.A. Robinson, as well as Robert Lowell, because both of them, and me, are descended from the Puritan poet Anne Bradstreet. I find so much similar in the narrative verses they all wrote that seem to reflect a common world view and sensibility, a sense that the world is full of sorrow and yet justice will ultimately prevail.

Oh dear, I was rather wrong. Oliver Wendell Holmes and I are descended from Anne Bradstreet, while E.A. Robinson and Tennessee Williams are descended from her sister Mercy, and Robert Lowell is descended from her sister Patience.

We are all descended from their father, Governor Thomas Dudley.

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