Pope Francis Quotes Edgar Lee Masters

“As one of your poets has put it, ‘strong and tireless wings’ combined with the wisdom of one who ‘knows the mountains,’” Pope Francis stated when urging US bishops to welcome Hispanic immigrants.

The poet in question is Edgar Lee Masters, from President Obama’s home state of Illinois. An attorney and author who lived in the first part of the 20th century, Masters published 21 books of poetry, but his Spoon River Anthology, published in 1915, is considered his masterpiece.

The book is essentially a sort of poetic counterpart of Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town and Sherwood Anderson’s novel Winesburg, Ohio, featuring a cast of characters from a small town narrating their own lives after their deaths.

Like others in the series, the poem in question, “Alexander Throckmorton,” is a lament for missed opportunities.

In youth my wings were strong and tireless,
But I did not know the mountains.
In age I knew the mountains
But my weary wings could not follow my vision—
Genius is wisdom and youth.

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http://time.com/4046240/pope-francis-us-visit-edgar-lee-masters/

EDGAR LEE MASTERS

Selected Bibliography

Poetry

A Book of Verses (1898)
Along the Illinois (1942)
Domesday Book (1920)
Godbey: A Dramatic Poems (1931)
Illinois Poems (1941)
Invisible Landscapes (1935)
Jack Kelso: A Dramatic Poem (1928)
Lee: A Dramatic Poem (1925)
Lichee Nuts (1930)
More People (1939)
Poems of People (1936)
Richmond: A Dramatic Poem (1934)
Selected Poems (1925)
Songs and Satires (1916)
Songs and Sonnets (1910)
Songs and Sonnets: Second Series (1912)
Spoon River Anthology (1915)
Starved Rock (1919)
The Enduring River: Edgar Lee Masters’s Uncollected Spoon River Poems (1991)
The Fate of the Jury: An Epilogue to Domesday Book (1929)
The Golden Fleece of California (1936)
The Great Valley (1916)
The Harmony of Deeper Music: Posthumous Poems of Edgar Lee Masters (1976)
The New Spoon River (1924)
The Open Sea (1921)
The Serpent in the Wilderness (1933)
Toward the Gulf (1918)

Auto/Biography

Across Spoon River: An Autobiography (1936)
Levy Mayer and the New Industrial Era (1927)
Lincoln: The Man (1931)
Mark Twain: A Portrait (1938)
Vachel Lindsay: A Poet in America (1935)
Whitman (1937)

Essays

The Blood of the Prophets (1905)
The New Star Chamber and Othe Essays (1904)

Fiction

Children of the Market Place (1922)
Kit O’Brien (1927)
Mirage (1924)
Mitch Miller (1920)
Skeeters Kirby (1923)
The Nuptial Flight (1923)
The Sangamon (1942)
The Tide of Time (1937)

Non-Fiction

Hymn to the Unknown God: New Age Ministry of Religious Research (1937)
The Tale of Chicago (1933)

Plays

Althea (1907)
Dramatic Duologues: Four Short Plays in Verse (1934)
Eileen (1910)
Gettysburg, Manila, Acoma: Three Plays (1930)
Maximilian: A Play in Five Acts (1902)
The Leaves of the Tree (1909)
The Locket (1910)
The Tread of Idleness (1911)
The Trifler (1908)

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http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/masters/life.htm

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