Edgar Lee Masters

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

Edgar Lee Masters Poems

161. Lucinda Matlock 1/3/2003
162. Lucius Atherton 1/3/2003
163. Lydia Humphrey 1/3/2003
164. Lydia Puckett 1/3/2003
165. Lyman King 1/3/2003
166. Mabel Osborne 1/3/2003
167. Magrady Graham 1/3/2003
168. Many Soldiers 1/3/2003
169. Margaret Fuller Slack 1/3/2003
170. Marie Bateson 1/3/2003
171. Mary Mcneely 1/3/2003
172. Mickey M'Grew 1/3/2003
173. Minerva Jones 1/3/2003
174. Mrs. Benjamin Painter 1/3/2003
175. Mrs. George Reece 1/3/2003
176. Mrs. Kessler 1/3/2003
177. Mrs. Merritt 1/3/2003
178. Mrs. Meyers 1/3/2003
179. Mrs. Purkapile 1/3/2003
180. Mrs. Sibley 1/3/2003
181. Mrs. Williams 1/3/2003
182. Nancy Knapp 1/3/2003
183. Nellie Clark 1/3/2003
184. Nicholas Bindle 1/3/2003
185. O Glorious France 1/3/2003
186. Oaks Tutt 1/3/2003
187. Ollie Mcgee 1/3/2003
188. On A Bust 1/3/2003
189. On A Picture Of John D. Rockefeller 4/9/2010
190. Oscar Hummel 1/3/2003
191. Paul Mcneely 1/3/2003
192. Pauline Barrett 1/3/2003
193. Peleg Poague 1/3/2003
194. Penniwit, The Artist 1/3/2003
195. Percival Sharp 1/3/2003
196. Percy Bysshe Shelley 1/3/2003
197. Perry Zoll 1/3/2003
198. Petit, The Poet 1/3/2003
199. Plymouth Rock Joe 1/3/2003
200. Professor Newcomer 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

Seth Compton

When I died, the circulating library
Which I built up for Spoon River,
And managed for the good of inquiring minds,
Was sold at auction on the public square,
As if to destroy the last vestige
Of my memory and influence.
For those of you who could not see the virtue
Of knowing Volney's "Ruins" as well as Butler's "Analogy"
And "Faust" as well as "Evangeline,"

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