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From Spoonriveranthology Edgar Lee Masters S Spoon River Anthology Was An Immediate Commercial Success When It Was Published InUnconventional In Both Style And Content, It Shattered The Myths Of Small Town American Life A Collection Of Epitaphs Of Residents Of A Small Town, A Full Understanding Of Spoon River Requires The Reader To Piece Together Narratives From Fragments Contained In Individual Poems

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  1. says:

    If you liked Fannie Flagg s THE WHOLE TOWN S TALKING, Thornton Wilder s OUR TOWN, and or Virginia Woolf s THE WAVES, you might like this I read this because of THE WHOLE TOWN S TALKING.Thanks for reading.and listening

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    Edgar Lee Masters was the first poet whose poetry I loved with my whole heart My high opinion of his work has never changed, notwithstanding the fact that he hasn t been cool for 50 years, if ever Ha Neither have I.

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    Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, published in 1915, is a unique literary experience.A collection of inter related free form poems, each title a person s name, and each person a resident of the town cemetery Masters has each relate a short story some folks talk about their life, many about the circumstances of their death Husbands and wives relate different perspectives of the same events, lovers and soldiers tell of their history, and each is a distinct, poetic voice.Masters begins his anthology with The Hill a setting for the pageant of ghostly visits to come Where are Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom and Charley, The weak of will, the strong of arm, the clown, the boozer, the fighter All, all are sleeping on the hill One passed in a fever, One was burned in a mine, One was killed in a brawl, One died in a jail, One fell from a bridge toiling for children and wife All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill Where are Ella, Kate, Mag, Lizzie and Edith, The tender heart, the simple soul, the loud, the proud, the happy one All, all are sleeping on the hill One died in shameful child birth, One of a thwarted love, One at the hands of a brute in a brothel, One of a broken pride, in the search for heart s desire One after life in far away London and Paris Was brought to her little space by Ella and Kate and Mag All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill Where are Uncle Isaac and Aunt Emily, And old Towny Kincaid and Sevigne Houghton, And Major Walker who had talked With venerable men of the revolution All, all are sleeping on the hill They brought them dead sons from the war, And daughters whom life had crushed, And their children fatherless, crying All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill Where is Old Fiddler Jones Who played with life all his ninety years, Braving the sleet with bared breast, Drinking, rioting, thinking neither of wife nor kin, Nor gold, nor love, nor heaven Lo he babbles of the fish frys of long ago, Of the horse races of long ago at Clary s Grove, Of what Abe Lincoln said One time at Springfield The reader comes away from this two hundred odd visits with the dead of the small town of Spoon River, Illinois with a distinctively American vision of our culture before 1915 many of the poems are from those who died in or before the Civil War I was reminded of Thornton Wilder s play Our Town and the final act when the dead stand stoically in their graves and observe the procession of living before them.Exceptional in quality and unparalleled in vision and dramatic design, Master s Anthology is an early twentieth century treasure of American literature.

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    The dead tell their secrets where they are buried With no reason to lie we find that all is not what it seemed to be some of the pillars of the community were rotten to the core and some of the dregs of the town were the best citizens I think of this book every time I see a homeless person and wonder has society abandoned this person while somewhere a CEO commits crimes that will never come to light

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    244 dead residents of the Midwestern town of Spoon River some based on real people and some fictional tell the stories of their triumphs, frustrations, unrequited longings, their secrets often harboring lingering grudges about people buried alongside them Whole families and neighbors, cross talking in death Each poem is titled with the name of the person speaking each is short and most of them are heartbreaking The wife and husband and the doctor, all scandalized by an abortion, the boyfriend who caused the pregnancy, the wife of the doctor, defending her husband The respectable judge, resentful that the town drunk is remembered than he isWith its revelations of spousal abuse, sexual dalliances and , this book was almost as controversial as Whitman s Leaves of Grass It s appropriate to be reading this at the same time I m getting through Leaves and Sinclair Lewis expose of small town secrets, Main Street It would probably make a good companion to Winesburg, Ohio, I m thinking.The poetry is free verse, so the short pieces are easy to understand.This is such a beautiful, and cleverly conceived work of American poetry and literature KevinR Ky slightly amended in 2016

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    I, like many people, had read some of the pieces in Spoon River Anthology in college, but I have to recommend reading the entire work It is a unique and very fulfilling experience Edgar Lee Masters greatest work was published as a unified whole in 1915 and is 244 individual poems, each from the perspective of a different dead person in the cemetery Their name serves as the poem s title Woven throughout the 244 pieces are 19 stories that are pieced together through interwoven portraits from the dead It is a different and surprisingly accessible way to create a history of a town and its people.With only a handful of obtuse and esoteric pieces, the vast majority of the poems are easily understood and interesting Their themes run the gamut of possibilities, and Spoon River Anthology is an excellent choice for book clubs The text continually reminds us of the variety of perspectives every event in a community or family engenders and one of the joys of the text is seeing how different people interpreted and reacted to the same events Great examples are the contrasting pomes of Albert Schrding and Jonas Keene which beautifully demonstrate how one s attitude and perspective affects the events of our lives.One criticism I have heard readers level at this book is that it is so dark and that none of the people were happy in life While I agree that a lot of the pieces in the text are dark, bitter, and weary in their tone I don t think that Masters is being nihilistic about life Rather I think he is pointing the finger at us and telling us that we take this gift and make it that way by our thoughts and actions There are harsh pieces in this text, especially the Indignation Jones and Minerva Jones pieces They resound with the cruelties of life Abortion is even rather openly addressed which I was surprised to find considering the time of publication However for every dark storyline, like Indignation and Minerva s, there is a poem like Fiddler Jones which resounds with the love and joys of life.There are lots of great moments in this text, my favorite being the wonderful poem Lucinda Matlock which is one of the most encouraging and uplifting poems in all of literature It extols the simple joys of life, and finds satisfaction enough in that.There are many pieces I could talk about, but you need to decide on your own which poems and characters speak to you I will conclude by saying that the Epilogue will need to be reread There is an elusive beauty and depth to it that a second reading will open up It is a fine ending to this masterwork.

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    I ve trawled through many a 19th century small town newspaper for various research projects, and one s dirty linen was often hung out to dry for public view in the printed word Old men running off with the serving girls, errant wives being tracked down and found in flagrante with their lovers, etc I ve even got a great great uncle whose wife was run out of town on a rail by The Community for her illicit affair with a neighbor Nasty little Victorian Peyton Places Reading Spoon River Anthology is like revisiting those musty old papers, and the anger, resignation, joy, sadness, and all the other emotions that roil in a small town, past and present, are beautifully conveyed by Masters easy to process verse I m not much of a poetry reader in fact, I tend to loathe it But Homer, Shel Silverstein and Masters are the exceptions.

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    Not a bad book, but not one I would read again or recommend to others It s a collection of free verse poems, crafted as epitaphs of the former citizens of the Midwestern town Spoon River While there were some meaningful poems and well developed characters, there were quite a few sections that I did not care for at all I ve never been an ardent fan of poetry, though, and this one, while a good read, did nothing to change that.Here s my favorite poem from the book George Gray I have studied many timesThe marble which was chiseled for me A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.In truth it pictures not my destinationBut my life For love was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances.Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life.And now I know that we must lift the sailAnd catch the winds of destinyWherever they drive the boat.To put meaning in one s life may end in madness,Of restlessness and vague desire It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.

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    Maybe we never really die as long as we are remembered Only after we are forgotten can we find the peace of the soul and get rid of our burden of guilt, mistakes and regrets it is the oblivion of the living that allows us to leave the world behind and enter the life we were truly meant to live If so, the best we can do for our beloved is to set them free from the snares of our sorrow until we meet again.

  10. says:

    This was so very lovely.