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Comment 25 of 117, added on August 21st, 2010 at 10:34 AM.
Edgar Lee Masters was definitely a person not afraid to express what he was
thinking or experienced though life. "George Gray" has its audience explore
opportunities that have come by and passed,missed opportunities. Missed
because of the fear of experiencing what life can offer. Masters helps his
readers explore the regret George Gray had not living life to the fullest.
Jeffery Taylor C3 from United States
Comment 24 of 117, added on May 7th, 2009 at 2:29 AM.
In Master's, "Spoon River Anthology," many epitaphs were written describing
the gruesome underbelly of human life. He also expressed the same ideas in,
"George Gray." Missed oppurtunities were expressed in this free verse poem.
Master's life is compared to a boat through his metaphors, a boat that is
anchored and unable to move as destiny knocks on the door and missed
oppurtunities pile up.
Justin Bahlinger from United States
Comment 23 of 117, added on May 7th, 2009 at 1:15 AM.
Edgar Lee Masters became famous after writing after writing Spoon River
Anthology. Spoon River Anthology had about 250 epitaphs. He used epitaphs
from towns he knew to show hidden underside of American life. "George
Gray' is a free verse epitaph about a man that never responded to any
opportunities of fun or excitement because of fear. Edgar Lee Masters uses
personification in this poem by giving the boat human feelings.
Michael McCullough from United States
Comment 22 of 117, added on May 6th, 2009 at 8:43 PM.
Edgar Lee Masters, a Kansas native, wrote 250 epitaphs which showed the
underside of American life. An example of this is his poem "George Gray".
In this verse, George had chances to experience more throughout life but
did not want to take the risk of it ending in a dreadful manner. Edgar Lee
Masters used free verse in his writings and had a unique style which was
romantic, pretty, and wordy.
Joseph Alvaro from United States
Comment 21 of 117, added on May 7th, 2009 at 1:00 AM.
Edgar Lee Masters poem George Grey is about someone possibly himself that
never lived life and was afraid to take any chances of risks. He is now
looking back at his life and regretting his lack of courage and missed
chanced in life. Edgar Lee uses a sail boat as a metaphor comparing it to
the missed opportunities. In his last sentence "it's a boat longing for the
sea yet afraid", he is admitting that although he wants to take chances and
live life he is still afraid.
Lauren Engeln from United States
Comment 20 of 117, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:48 AM.
Edgar Lee Masters is an American poet who writes many real life experiences
in his very many free verse epitaphs in his most known Spoon River
Anthology. In this poem "George Gray" he misses out on many opportunities.
George Gray wants to avoid the heartache and change. He wanted to go out
and take a risk and have an opportunity with life but didn't because of his
fear of regret.
Kristina Victa from United States
Comment 19 of 117, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:36 AM.
Edgar Lee Masters was famous for being a dramatist and author. In one of
his many poems"George Gray" it tells about how life has its up and downs
and whether a person should take the risk or not. In my opinion life is
about taking risks because the biggest risk is not risking. We as people
long for a meaning in life and whether we sail a boat to find it or walk
with a nap sack or maybe perhaps fly to a different country, we live to
find out our purposeand our purpose is living.
Shiermaine Francisco from United States
Comment 18 of 117, added on May 6th, 2009 at 11:59 PM.
“George Gray” was taken from a collection of epitaphs written by Edgar Lee
Masters. This epitaph in particular is written in free verse and portrays
the aphorism and motif of living life to the fullest. In the beginning of
the epitaph, Masters uses metaphors to compare his life to a boat, “A boat
with a furled sail at rest in a harbor” (Masters 3). The epitaph is closed
using personification when Masters allows an object to take on feeling such
as fear by stating, “It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid”
Katie Cleveland from United States
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