Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters

Kansas / United States
Edgar Lee Masters
Kansas / United States
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Born on August 23, 1868 to Emma J. Dexter and Hardin Wallace Masters in Garnett, Kansas, his father had briefly moved to set up a law practice. The family soon moved back to his paternal grandparents' farm near Petersburg in Menard County, Illinois. In 1880 they moved to Lewistown, Illinois, where he attended high school and had his first publicati ...
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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
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Alfred Moir
Why was I not devoured by self-contempt,
And rotted down by indifference
And impotent revolt like Indignation Jones?
Why, with all of my errant steps
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George Gray
I have studied many times
The marble which was chiseled for me --
A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.
In truth it pictures not my destination
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Fiddler Jones
The earth keeps some vibration going
There in your heart, and that is you.
And if the people find you can fiddle,
Why, fiddle you must, for all your life.
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A.D. Blood
If you in the village think that my work was a good one,
Who closed the saloons and stopped all playing at cards,
And haled old Daisy Fraser before Justice Arnett,
In many a crusade to purge the people of sin;
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Michael Y, Walters 27 September 2019
I've looked for that poem for years, and have never found it. I'm pretty certain it's just me. I am not among the technologicaily ept.
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charles keeble 09 January 2019
At 78 i have just found him! Struggled with his poems at first and then they settled into a comfortable read and listen.Where has he been all my life Perhaps life in the East End of London drowned him out until rescued by decline and old age here in Devon?
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Del Ritchie 28 June 2018
I remember in high school when the test question asked what was Edgar Lee Masters famous for writing? My response was Master pieces.
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Donald Simon Schofield 02 August 2012
Hello, I cannot find the poem 'Tomorrow is my birthday’ by Edgar Lee? I think that he wrote this before his 80 birthday. A wonderful poem. I love your poems. Thank you. Schofield. Northallerton. Yorkshire. UK.
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Hello, I cannot find the poem 'Tomorrow is my birthday’ by Edgar Lee? I think that he wrote this before his 80 birthday. A wonderful poem. I love your poems. Thank you. Schofield. Northallerton. Yorkshire. UK.
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