Edgar Lee Masters

(23 August 1868 – 5 March 1950 / Kansas / United States)

Edgar Lee Masters Poems

241. Thomas Trevelyan 1/3/2003
242. Tom Beatty 1/3/2003
243. Tom Merritt 1/3/2003
244. Trainor The Druggist 1/3/2003
245. Voltaire Johnson 1/3/2003
246. W. Lloyd Garrison Standard 1/3/2003
247. Wallace Ferguson 1/3/2003
248. Walter Simmons 1/3/2003
249. Washington Mcneely 1/3/2003
250. Webster Ford 1/3/2003
251. Wendell P. Bloyd 1/3/2003
252. Widow Mcfarlane 1/3/2003
253. Willard Fluke 1/3/2003
254. William And Emily 1/3/2003
255. William Goode 1/3/2003
256. William H. Herndon 1/3/2003
257. William Jones 1/3/2003
258. Willie Metcalf 1/3/2003
259. Willie Pennington 1/3/2003
260. Yee Bow 1/3/2003
261. Zenas Witt 1/3/2003
262. Zilpha Marsh 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Edgar Lee Masters


I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea,
And the silence of the city when it pauses,
And the silence of a man and a maid,
And the silence of the sick
When their eyes roam about the room.
And I ask: For the depths,
Of what use is language?
A beast of the field moans a few times
When death takes its young.
And we are voiceless in the presence of realities --
We cannot speak.

A curious boy asks an old soldier
Sitting in front of the grocery store,
"How did you lose your leg?"
And the old soldier is struck with silence, ...

Read the full of Silence

Ralph Rhodes

All they said was true:
I wrecked my father's bank with my loans
To dabble in wheat; but this was true --
I was buying wheat for him as well,
Who couldn't margin the deal in his name
Because of his church relationship.
And while George Reece was serving his term
I chased the will-o'-the-wisp of women,
And the mockery of wine in New York.

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