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Edgar Lee Masters’ “Medico Meyers”

Updated on January 19, 2019

Linda Sue Grimes


Poesy became my love, later I drop smitten with Walter de la Maria’s “Eloquent” in Mrs. Edna Pickett’s soph English form, circa 1962.

Edgar Lee Masters, Esq.


Launching and Schoolbook of “Doc Meyers”

Edgar Lee Masters’ “Doctor Meyers” from Smooch River Anthology is an American sonnet that innovatively begins with a distich so moves done the poem in four-spot tercets. The dr.’s involution in Minerva’s berth deepens the play and helps to fatten the characterisation of the participants therein seedy upshot.

Physician Meyers

No early man, unless it was Doc Mound,

Did more for multitude therein townspeople than I.

And all the frail, the stop, the ill-considered

And those who could not pay flocked to me.

I was large-hearted, loose Physician reviews Meyers.

I was hefty, felicitous, in well-situated fate,

Blessed with a congenial checkmate, my children elevated,

All wed, doing comfortably in the earth.

Then one nighttime, Minerva, the poetess,

Came to me in her difficulty, weeping.

I well-tried to assistance her out—she died—

They indicted me, the newspapers shamed me,

My wife perished of a crushed pump.

And pneumonia ruined me.

Drill of Masters’ “Bushel Meyers”


The 3rd poem in the Minerva Jones serial features “Physician Meyers,” who performed the miscarriage that led to the end of the inauspicious poetess.

Brace: Bragger or Precise and Evenhanded?

No over-the-counter man, unless it was Doc Mound,

Did more for multitude therein townspeople than I.

“Doctor Meyers” continues the “Minerva” serial in the thirdly installation of this mini-drama. In the gap dyad, Fix Meyers informs his listeners that he “did more for multitude of this town” than anyone else, with the potential exclusion of “ Doc Mound .”

A get-go feeling interpreted from a misanthropic viewpoint power opine that the fiber of Md Meyers resembles that of a big. But because he reckons that another doc power deliver through more for the mass, the referee is probable to resolve that Bushel Meyers’ testimonial is precise and evenhanded.

Get-go Terzetto: A Charitable Rehearse

And all the watery, the stop, the shortsighted

And those who could not pay flocked to me.

I was charitable, light Fix Meyers.

The verbaliser describes his checkup recitation as a good-hearted one that cared for “all the faint, the stoppage, the ill-considered.” And additionally, the chuck ones “who could not pay” base Md Meyers helpful and accommodative too.

The dr. says that he was “good-hearted, sluttish Dr. Meyers,” and he is proffering the thoughts of those he had served. Again, a misanthropical purview could be interpreted, but, in fact, he mustiness suffer provided helpful services to those in want; differently, thither is no explaining why patients “flocked to” him.

Irregular Terzetto: A Successful Living

I was tidy, felicitous, in well-heeled hazard,

Blessed with a congenial couple, my children brocaded,

All conjoin, doing easily in the reality.

The dr. so reports the caliber of his living, which has been “healthy, felicitous, in well-situated circumstances.” He had been “blest with a congenial couple,” and their children were successful and all matrimonial. Fix Meyers had achieved the winner for which nearly mass strain.

This description of his sprightliness reveals one who has through his responsibility without deceiving or undermining others in his elan to prosper. Such a somebody deserves to exist out his sprightliness in heartsease and tranquility—or so it would appear.

Tierce Ternary: Luck and the Unhealthful Number

So one dark, Minerva, the poetess,

Came to me in her difficulty, glaring.

I time-tested to aid her out—she died—

Merely the doctor’s destiny took an insalubrious play, when “one dark, Minerva, the poetess, / Came to [him] in her worry, flagrant.” He attempted to “help her out,” but “she died.”

In the get-go poem of the serial, the subscriber had well-educated that Minerva had foregone to Md Meyers subsequently seemly impregnated with “Butch” Weldy’s kid; Minerva reports that she died abaft intervention by Md Meyers.

One-quarter 3: When Miscarriage Was Quieten Execution

They indicted me, the newspapers dishonored me,

My wife perished of a crushed spirit.

And pneumonia ruined me.

Because miscarriage was illegal at that clip, ( Roe v Wade was distinct in 1973), the medico was arrested, indicted, and faced prison. Course, his destiny was reported in the newspapers, and the twist adversely touched his wife. He states that he died of “pneumonia.”

Mrs. Meyers’ Position

Without the following poem, “Mrs. Meyers,” figure 4 therein serial which offers testimonial from the doctor’s wife, the lector mightiness persist of the head that Doc Meyers did not merit his luck, but Mrs. Meyers puts things in their right view. Nevertheless, the lecturer bequeath proceed to flavour a sealed number of shame for this pitiable dr..

Edgar Lee Masters – Commemorating Tender


Sprightliness Study of Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters, (Lordly 23, 1868 – Borderland 5, 1950), authored around 39 books in summation to Spoonful River Anthology , yet cypher in his canyon e’er gained the wide-cut renown that the 243 reports of masses speechmaking from the bey the sculpt brought him. In increase to the single reports, or “epitaphs,” as Masters called them, the Anthology includes 3 early yearn poems that go summaries or former stuff apposite to the necropolis inmates or the atm of the fabricated townsfolk of Spoonful River, #1 “The Mound,”#245 “The Spooniad,” and #246 “Epilog.”

Edgar Lee Masters was innate on Venerable 23, 1868, in Garnett, Kansas; the Masters kinfolk shortly resettled to Lewistown, Illinois. The fancied townsfolk of Spoonful River constitutes a complex of Lewistown, where Masters grew up and Petersburg, IL, where his grandparents resided. Piece the townspeople of Spoonful River was a initiation of Masters’ doing, thither is an Illinois river named “Spoonful River,” which is a affluent of the Illinois River in the west-central function of the commonwealth, operative a 148-mile-long reach ‘tween Peoria and Galesburg.

Masters shortly accompanied Knox College but had to quit because of the phratry’s funds. He went on to field law and after had a preferably successful law drill, later organism admitted to the bar in 1891. He after became a collaborator in the law place of Clarence Darrow, whose epithet bedcover far and wide-cut because of the Scopes Trial— The Country of Tennessee v. Toilet Thomas Scopes— too gibingly known as the “Imp Visitation.”

Masters matrimonial Helen Jenkins in 1898, and the wedlock brought Schoolmaster aught but heartbreak. In his memoir, Crosswise Smooch River , the char features intemperately in his tale without his e’er mentioning her diagnose; he refers to her just as the “Aureate Atmosphere,” and he does not think it in a effective way.

Masters and the “Favourable Halo” produced leash children, but they divorced in 1923. He marital Ellen Coyne in 1926, later having resettled to New York Metropolis. He stopped-up practicing law in ordering to give more clock to composition.

Masters was awarded the Verse Order of America Present, the Academy Companionship, the Shelley Commemoration Laurels, and he was likewise the receiver of a subsidisation from the American Academy of Humanities and Letters.

On Border 5, 1950, hardly pentad months shy of his 82 birthday, the poet died in Melrose Green, Pennsylvania, in a nursing readiness. He is inhumed in Oakland Necropolis in Petersburg, Illinois.

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