He wrote about people he knew or heard of buried in the Spoon River Illinois. In 1920 Masters gave up his law firm and moved from Chicago to New York City, where he retired to the Chelsea Hotel to write. An optimist some may say seeing the glass half full instead of half empty. He is considered a transitional figure at the beginning of the twentieth century who drew on his readings of English Romantic poets, including Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, and Browning, as well as the Americans Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, for a massive output of essay, drama, novel, biography, and history. How we look at life makes life good or bad.
Masters conveys theses feelings through some of the characters of his work, Spoon River Anthology. Though they both make significant differences in the future by their words, they both communicate it in different ways. Degenerate sons and daughters, Life is too strong for you— It takes life to love Life. Masks A mask is a covering worn on the face or something that disguises or conceals oneself. Dunbar, living in this time period, was able to experience the gruesome effects of racism, hatred and prejudice against blacks at its worst. In 1926 he married Ellen Coyne, thirty years his junior.
His use of literary devices and different literary techniques makes this writer important to American literature. She was a hunk of sculptor's clay, My secret thoughts were fingers. Groups will be chosen by popsicle sticks. Groups will be made up of four students: one for each character. She was content with her life though and lived it how she wanted. In this case, the subject wishes he were born in a different era.
While this reputation is certainly well earned there is another side of Poe that is not quite so obvious. We were married and lived together for seventy years, Enjoying, working, raising the twelve children, Eight of whom we lost Ere I had reached the age of sixty. At ninety-six I had lived enough, that is all, And passed to a sweet repose. In 1898 he married Helen M. Fiddler Jones, on the other hand, loves life at the expense of work. She is contented with what she has. Lucinda Matlock, the main character, narrates the poem from beyond the grave after she dies at the age of 96.
We were married and lived together for seventy years, Enjoying, working, raising the twelve children, Eight of whom we lost Ere I had reached the age of sixty. Yet, she is the most optimistic of all the poems and grateful for the time she lived. Through her numerous literary analysis and skills and excellent writing techniques, she writes some masterpieces of poems. Masters as a young man Born 1868-08-23 August 23, 1868 , U. What attitude toward life does he or she express? There is no rhythm or rhyme scheme, and other poetic devices are scant. Lucinda loves life despite the misfortunes that befall her. He makes it very straightforward for the reader to find these elements and point them out.
As you read, look for elements in this poem that show that it is intended to sound like speech. Lucinda has endured so much in her life but still viewed life as worth it. We were married and lived together for seventy years, Enjoying, working, raising the twelve children, Eight of whom we lost Ere I had reached the age of sixty. Or a meadow to walk through to the river? Degenerate sons and daughters, Life is too strong for you-- It takes life to love Life. The poet employs irony to enable the readers understand the traits of certain characters.
Mackail's Selected Epigrams from the Greek Anthology. The two major characters of the two poems are Lucinda Matlock and Fiddler Jones whose traits who are not only different but also similar in the manner in which they are portrayed in the poems. Lee Masters also describes the extreme hardship that Matlock faced throughout her life. Degenerate sons and daughters, Life is too for you-- It life to love Life. Then, to reinforce the poem again, I will play the YouTube video.
Now at age 96, she upbraids the young for their crankiness. That someone did not stop in the road. Probably, seeing her eight children die gave her the idea that life can end anytime and it is important to live it when it is still there. Matlock also reveals to the readers that she is happy with the kind of life she lives. At ninety-six she has just lived enough and retired to death.
She stood up for all women, and told her hardships. Each character speaks from the grave about his own epigraph. These key points also create a triangular paradox which replicates the cycle of creation. Jenkins, the daughter of Robert Edwin Jenkins, a lawyer in Chicago, and had three children. Edgar Lee Masters seemed to believe the same about the romantic relationships of his time, as well.
What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, Anger, discontent and drooping hopes? The similarity noted between them is their passion for life. One time we changed partners, Driving home in the midnight of middle June, And then I found Davis. Dexter, his father had briefly moved to set up a law practice, then soon moved back to his paternal grandparents' farm near in. Besides this, her conclusion sounds epic because it summarizes what she really believes in. Edgar Lee Masters was born in Garnett, Kansas, on August 23, 1868, but soon after his birth his family moved to Lewistown, Illinois, the town near Springfield where Masters grew up.