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Analysis and comments on Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Masters

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Comment 10 of 300, added on May 7th, 2009 at 1:42 AM.

Edgar Lee Masters may have had one of the most unique styles of writing
that has ever been used in the history of literature. He published a single
collection, the "Spoon River Anthology." Each poem is a tale, written on
the grave of some poor fictional soul, who, in turn, reads their own
epitaph as if they were still alive, one example being miss "Lucinda
Matlock." The inspiration for a collection of post-mortem accounts was
said to been born of conversation Masters has on the topic of their former
residences, those being Lewistown and Petersburg.

Nick Johnson from United States
Comment 9 of 300, added on May 6th, 2009 at 11:56 PM.

This poem is saying that living your own life can give you things but can
then again take things away from
you. Edgar Lee Master's epitaphs focused mainly on victims of life, freed
by death to speak without fear or consequences. His pretty, romantic, and
wordy way of writing in Spoon River Anthology(1915) became the landmark of
American literature. This book soon became the worlds most read book. Edgar
Lee Masters brought a whole new kind of realism to poetry.

Lauren Maciel from United States
Comment 8 of 300, added on May 6th, 2009 at 8:49 PM.

Lucina Matlock is one of the many epitaphs and free verse poems in Spoon
River Anthology. Edgar Lee Masters uses the midwestern town Lewitown, his
frustrated youth , to create the tone and show life in different characters
points of views. He uses Lucinda Matlock to describe an abundant life who
doesn't want others to mourn over her death, instead they need to move on
and grasp their own lives and enjoy every moment. Towards the end of the
poem Masters uses personification to emphasize life as if it was a person
so the reader can understand the meaning and the purpose of life.

Tara Teran from United States
Comment 7 of 300, added on May 6th, 2009 at 2:11 AM.

Lucinda Matlock lived a very simple and long life, yet enjoyed every minute
of it. Matlock did have some struggles but she overcame them and "passed
into a sweet repose." The last line of the poem, "it takes life to love
life" is by far the most powerful. Masters is telling the reader to make
best with what we've got and push the past behind. Masters creates this
poem using the good and the bad, giving it a realistic point of view of the
world. Edgar Lee Masters does not exactly glorify life, but celebrates it.

Christina Zimmerman from United States
Comment 6 of 300, added on February 2nd, 2009 at 10:10 PM.

I kinda agree with everyone because I know that people all analyze things
differently.. But had everyone failed to see what this women is saying
about her life. I believe she is describing some of the struggles of women
back in the late 19th and 20th centuries. She kept the house, nursed the
sick, she spun and wove, she kept a garden all at 60 years old! What does
she mention about her husband? What did he do at all? She said she had
lived long enough! Time for her to go! I'd want to go to if I had to do the
things she did!

Madison from United States
Comment 5 of 300, added on February 10th, 2008 at 7:51 AM.

in this poem, the old lady is speaking and she shows her respond to her
life. some people are sorrow, discontent, hopeless in their life, but she
is not. the false thing has in her life that she turns away from true life
and goes to bad things, no more good things she does in her life, no
principles, but follows devil way.

muna al-zidi from Oman
Comment 4 of 300, added on April 25th, 2007 at 3:53 PM.

I somewhat disagree with what traviesa had to say about the poem. I think
the poem is about living life to the fullest. Instead of complaining about
the woes of life, live life out and it will reward you. Do not expect life
to come to you with bountiful gifts, you must seek them yourself.

Kyle from United States
Comment 3 of 300, added on February 14th, 2006 at 6:34 PM.

This poem states that life can give you things but can also take them from
you. God gave her a bless to have children but as he gave her joy he took
them away from her. Maybe it was to make the readers understand that you
learm from your own experiences and that you canot let tragedy mark you for
the rest of your life no matter how deep you been stab. (hope it helps)

traviesa from United States
Comment 2 of 300, added on February 14th, 2006 at 6:34 PM.

This poem states that life can give you things but can also take them from
you. God gave her a bless to have children but as he gave her joy he took
them away from her. Maybe it was to make the readers understand that you
learm from your own experiences and that you canot let tragedy mark you for
the rest of your life no matter how deep you been stab. (hope it helps)

Damaris from United States
Comment 1 of 300, added on April 20th, 2005 at 8:01 AM.

Help! I'm working on a project involving this poem and I'm finding it
difficult to analyze - should it be taken literally or is it a running
metephor for life? Anyone else have any ideas?

Sha from United States

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