Edgar Lee Masters

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

Edgar Lee Masters Poems

241. Anthony Findlay 1/3/2003
242. Barney Hainsfeather 1/3/2003
243. Aaron Hatfield 1/3/2003
244. Ace Shaw 1/3/2003
245. Alfonso Churchill 1/3/2003
246. Amos Sibley 1/3/2003
247. Arlo Will 1/3/2003
248. Archibald Higbie 1/3/2003
249. Aner Clute 1/3/2003
250. The Hill 1/3/2003
251. Richard Bone 1/3/2003
252. Andy The Night-Watch 1/3/2003
253. Amelia Garrick 1/3/2003
254. Alexander Throckmorton 1/3/2003
255. Abel Melveny 1/3/2003
256. Amanda Barker 1/3/2003
257. Lucinda Matlock 1/3/2003
258. Anne Rutledge 1/3/2003
259. Fiddler Jones 1/3/2003
260. A.D. Blood 1/3/2003
261. George Gray 1/3/2003
262. Alfred Moir 1/3/2003
263. Silence 1/4/2003
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

Peleg Poague

Horses and men are just alike.
There was my stallion, Billy Lee,
Black as a cat and trim as a deer,
With an eye of fire, keen to start,
And he could hit the fastest speed
Of any racer around Spoon River.
But just as you'd think he couldn't lose,
With his lead of fifty yards or more,
He'd rear himself and throw the rider,

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