Many of the poems contain cross-references that create an unabashed tapestry of the community. The poems were originally published in the St. Louis, Missouri literary journal Reedy's Mirror. All, all are sleeping on the hill. One passed in a fever, One was burned in a mine, One was killed in a brawl, One died in a jail, One fell from a bridge toiling for children and wife— All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill.
They brought them dead sons from the war, And daughters whom life had crushed, And their children fatherless, crying— All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill. Where is Old Fiddler Jones Who played with life all his ninety years, Braving the sleet with bared breast, Drinking, rioting, thinking neither of wife nor kin, Nor gold, nor love, nor heaven?
Each following poem is an autobiographical epitaph of a dead citizen, delivered by the dead themselves.
They speak about the sorts of things one might expect: some recite their histories and turning points, others make observations of life from the outside, and petty ones complain of the treatment of their graves , while few tell how they really died. The subject of afterlife receives only the occasional brief mention, and even those seem to be contradictory.
The interplay of various villagers — e. Many of the characters who make appearances in Spoon River Anthology were based on real people that Masters knew or heard of in the two towns in which he grew up, Petersburg and Lewistown, Illinois. Masters sometimes substantially disguised the names of these real-life inspirations, but he sometimes disguised them only barely and, in a few cases, not at all.
After growing up and leaving Lewistown for Chicago, Masters met and befriended William Marion Reedy , the owner, publisher and editor of the St. Louis-based literary magazine Reedy's Mirror. Spoon River Anthology was originally published in serial form in Reedy's Mirror from May 29, until January 5, The poems were attributed initially to the pseudonym Webster Ford.
The first bound edition of Spoon River Anthology was published by The Macmillan Company in with a total of poems. Masters added 35 new poems in the edition, expanding on new characters with connections to some of the originals.
Feb 1, Poems That Sing by French Masters by Leon Schwartz, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. The author, a professor of French at California State University, Los Angeles, has chosen fifteen poets as representative of their times and their stature in French.
Spoon River Anthology was a critical and commercial success. Ezra Pound 's review of the Spoon River poems begins, "At last! Trending Searches. Cart 0.
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