When swords were bright and steeds were prancing; The vision of a warrior bold would set him dancing.
He dreamed of Thebes and Camelot and Priams neighbors.
However, Robinson himself comes off more as an anti-modernist instead of a fond observer of Romantic history: he despised the militarism and materialism the age brought about: Miniver cursed the commonplace/ And eyed a khaki suit with loathing and sought to escape it. He, however, recognizes that he himself is crucial to the standard: Miniver scorned the gold he sought/ But sore he was without it.
And though he loathes his life, all he does is drink, and drink, and drink, and drink about it and accept his fate: Miniver Cheevy thought, and thought, and thought/ And thought about it¦.. Miniver coughed , and called it fate/ And kept on drinking. Edwin Arlington Robinson criticized his time period for the pragmatism and power his generation fancied. But he also realized that he couldnt escape and didnt succumb to these vices but grudgingly accepted their place in his life.