An American writer who made his mark on American Literature in the 20th century is Edgar Lee Masters, an amazing poet, novelist, and biographer who made his reputation in Spoon River Anthology poetry. Rather than using rhymes, Masters preferred his free verse style of writing in his poetry, especially in Spoon River Anthology. Published by Masters, Spoon River Anthology was a book of 244 poems about deceased fictional citizens of a town named Spoon River. Relatively simple in his works, Master's made it easy for all to read his works, yet made it famous at the same time, as shown in Spoon River Anthology.
On the other hand, Edgar Lee Masters" Spoon River Anthology may have been similar poems in one book; they were each very different in a unique way. All but one of the names of the poems in Spoon River Anthology were the names of the people, or titles these people earned, that the poems were focused on; that one poem, "The Hill," is the cemetery where all these people were buried and is the first poem introduce in Spoon River Anthology. Each of the people has their own secret lives, thoughts, and meanings, as people from any other small town in America do. Masters shows us these people inner thoughts and meanings and sometimes even in first-person point of view. In the following "morsels" I will compare and contrast four poems from Spoon River Anthology.
The first two "morsels" are of two that differentiate two peoples opinion on free will and whether it exists on God's green Earth. This is a standard issue in society today; whether free will exists or whether we live in a trapped world where we can not do what we want to in destiny or where we can't do something whether we put our minds to it or not.
Although "Ernest Hyde" may be the one who disagrees with free will, he seemed to prove his point to Roger Heston in the poem "Roger Heston." Ernest may have gotten the "last laugh" so to speak because at the end of this poem because he proved his point, that free will does not exist, to Roger before Roger died.