Edgar Lee Masters Poems

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Edgar Lee Masters
Edgar Lee Masters (August 23, 1868 - March 5, 1950) was an American poet, biographer and dramatist. He is the author of Spoon River Anthology, The New Star Chamber and Other Essays, Songs and Satires, The Great Valley, The Serpent in the Wilderness An Obscure Tale, The Spleen, Mark Twain: A Portrait, Lincoln: The Man, and Illinois Poems. In all, Masters published twelve plays, twenty-one books of poetry, six novels and six biographies, including those of Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Vachel Lindsay, and Walt Whitman.

one art
The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be l... [read poem]
the fish
I caught a tremendous fish
and held him beside the boat
half out of water, with my hook... [read poem]
song for the rainy season
Hidden, oh hidden
in the high fog
the house we live in,
beneath the magnetic rock,... [read poem]
the hill
Where are Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom and Charley,
The weak of will, the strong of arm, ... [read poem]
Love's the boy stood on the burning deck
trying to recite "The boy stood on
the burning de... [read poem]
in the waiting room
In Worcester, Massachusetts,
I went with Aunt Consuelo
to keep her dentist's appointment... [read poem]
the little white hearse
Somebody's baby was buried to-day --
The empty white hearse from the grave rumbled back,... [read poem]
visits to st. elizabeth's
This is the house of Bedlam.

This is the man
that lies in the house of Bedlam.
... [read poem]
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