Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee MastersFrom spoonriveranthology.net: Edgar Lee Masterss Spoon River Anthology was an immediate commercial success when it was published in 1915. Unconventional in both style and content, it shattered the myths of small town American life. A collection of epitaphs of residents of a small town, a full understanding of Spoon River requires the reader to piece together narratives from fragments contained in individual poems.
Spoon River Anthology
Spoon River Anthology , by Edgar Lee Masters , is a collection of short free verse poems that collectively narrates the epitaphs of the residents of Spoon River, a fictional small town named after the real Spoon River that ran near Masters' home town of Lewistown, Illinois. The aim of the poems is to demystify rural and small town American life. The collection includes separate characters, in all providing accounts of their lives, losses, and manner of death. Many of the poems contain cross-references that create an unabashed tapestry of the community. The poems were originally published in the St.
We apologize for this inconvenience. Your IP address has been automatically blocked from accessing the Project Gutenberg website, www. - In his thinly veiled fictional town of Spoon River, situated in central Illinois near Lewistown, where Masters grew up, the honest, hardworking, chaste, and churchgoing live amidst corrupt bankers, abusive husbands, unfulfilled wives, sexual deviants, and failed dreamers. In the groundbreaking work, Masters, a onetime law partner of Clarence Darrow, gives voice to more than two hundred deceased citizens of Spoon River who are laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery, known to the locals as The Hill.
It was inspired by the epigrams in the Greek Anthology. The Spoon River Anthology is a collection of free-verse epitaphs in the form of monologues. They are spoken from beyond the grave by former residents of a dreary, confining small town like those Masters himself had known during his Illinois boyhood. The speakers tell of their hopes and ambitions and of their bitter, unrealized lives. The realistic poems proved controversial when they were first published, for they contradicted the popular view of small towns as repositories of moral virtue and respectability. Spoon River Anthology. Info Print Cite.