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Analysis and comments on Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Masters

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Comment 16 of 306, added on March 9th, 2012 at 3:15 AM.

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Comment 15 of 306, added on March 8th, 2012 at 4:18 PM.

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Comment 14 of 306, added on April 14th, 2011 at 1:56 PM.

this poem rulez!!!!!!

dark fox from Bangladesh
Comment 13 of 306, added on September 16th, 2010 at 10:31 PM.
Re: Help!

I believe this poem is about a woman who lived life to the fullest, even
though her life may have been simple. When she died and looked back at her
life, she was satisfied. Perhaps other women in her time had struggles with
life, but Lucinda Matlock was happy with life, despite tragedies. The last
two lines imply that some people don't deserve to live life if they don't
appreciate it and can't handle it. The author is trying to tell the reader
that despite tragedies, you should still live life to the fullest.

~Hope that helps!

Sara from United States
Comment 12 of 306, added on June 12th, 2009 at 11:51 AM.

In Lucinda Matlock, Edgar Lee Masters was writing about the struggles with
which women were confronted with in his days. While some were contented and
happy with life inspite of the ups and downs of it, some were not. “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.” The discontended ones were admonished to try to get the best out of
life. “It takes life to love life.”
Michael From Nigeria

Michael from Nigeria
Comment 11 of 306, added on May 14th, 2009 at 6:42 PM.

did anyone notice that Damaris and traviesa have the same thing written
towards the end of their comments : "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)."
lets try to keep it original people

snedvic from New Zealand
Comment 10 of 306, 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 306, 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 306, 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 306, 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

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Poet: Edgar Lee Masters
Poem: Lucinda Matlock
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