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Edgar Lee Masters: Abel Melveny (Spoon River Anthology)

I BOUGHT every kind of machine that’s known— Grinders, shellers, planters, mowers, Mills and rakes and ploughs and threshers— And all of them stood in the rain and sun, Getting rusted, warped and battered, For I had no sheds to … Continue reading

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Edgar Lee Masters: Jeduthan Hawley and Daisy Fraser (Spoon River Anthology)

Jeduthan Hawley THERE would be a knock at the door And I would arise at midnight and go to the shop, Where belated travelers would hear me hammering Sepulchral boards and tacking satin. And often I wondered who would go … Continue reading

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Edgar Lee Masters: Peleg Poague (Spoon River Anthology)

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 … Continue reading

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Edgar Lee Masters: Hiram Scates (Spoon River Anthology)

I TRIED to win the nomination For president of the County-board And I made speeches all over the County Denouncing Solomon Purple, my rival, As an enemy of the people, In league with the master-foes of man. Young idealists, broken … Continue reading

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Edgar Lee Masters: Percival Sharp (Spoon River Anthology)

OBSERVE the clasped hands! Are they hands of farewell or greeting, Hands that I helped or hands that helped me? Would it not be well to carve a hand With an inverted thumb, like Elagabalus? And yonder is a broken … Continue reading

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Edgar Lee Masters: Thomas Trevelyan (Spoon River Anthology)

READING in Ovid the sorrowful story of Itys, Son of the love of Tereus and Procne, slain For the guilty passion of Tereus for Philomela, The flesh of him served to Tereus by Procne, And the wrath of Tereus, the … Continue reading

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Edgar Lee Masters: Edmund Pollard (Spoon River Anthology)

I WOULD I had thrust my hands of flesh Into the disk—flowers bee-infested, Into the mirror-like core of fire Of the light of life, the sun of delight. For what are anthers worth or petals Or halo-rays? Mockeries, shadows Of … Continue reading

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