Edgar Lee Masters

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

Edgar Lee Masters Poems

121. Indignation Jones 1/3/2003
122. Ippolit Konovaloff 1/3/2003
123. Isa Nutter 1/3/2003
124. Isaiah Beethoven 1/3/2003
125. J. Milton Miles 1/3/2003
126. Jack Mcguire 1/3/2003
127. Jacob Godbey 1/3/2003
128. Jacob Goodpasture 1/3/2003
129. James Garber 1/3/2003
130. Jeduthan Hawley 1/3/2003
131. Jefferson Howard 1/3/2003
132. Jennie M'Grew 1/3/2003
133. Jeremy Carlisle 1/3/2003
134. Jim Brown 1/3/2003
135. John Ballard 1/3/2003
136. John Cabanis 1/3/2003
137. John Hancock Otis 1/3/2003
138. John Horace Burleson 1/3/2003
139. John M. Church 1/3/2003
140. John Wasson 1/3/2003
141. Johnnie Sayre 1/3/2003
142. Jonas Keene 1/3/2003
143. Jonathan Houghton 1/3/2003
144. Jonathan Swift Somers 1/3/2003
145. Joseph Dixon 1/3/2003
146. Josiah Tompkins 1/3/2003
147. Judge Selah Lively 1/3/2003
148. Judge Somers 1/3/2003
149. Judson Stoddard 1/3/2003
150. Julia Miller 1/3/2003
151. Julian Scott 1/3/2003
152. Justice Arnett 1/3/2003
153. Kinsey Keene 1/3/2003
154. Knowlt Hoheimer 1/3/2003
155. Lambert Hutchins 1/3/2003
156. Le Roy Goldman 1/3/2003
157. Lilian Stewart 1/3/2003
158. Lois Spears 1/3/2003
159. Louise Smith 1/3/2003
160. Lucinda Matlock 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Edgar Lee Masters

Silence

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

Elliott Hawkins

I looked like Abraham Lincoln.
I was one of you, Spoon River, in all fellowship,
But standing for the rights of property and for order.
A regular church attendant,
Sometimes appearing in your town meetings to warn you
Against the evils of discontent and envy,
And to denounce those who tried to destroy the Union,
And to point to the peril of the Knights of Labor.
My success and my example are inevitable influences

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