The Spoon River Anthology is a collection of poems, that tell the stories of the dead people in a small fictional town named Spoon River. Each poem is told from the dead person, they are honest, because they have nothing to fear now.
Mrs. Charles Bliss, is one such poem. It is told from the point of view of Mrs. Charles Bliss. She is remembering her life and the main event that haunted her most. In the entire poem, she is telling what happened when she wanted to divorce her husband. Her preacher told her that it would be harder on her children, if she left him. The judge told her the same thing. She goes on the explain that it was actually worse for her children. She endured a bad marriage, at the advice of other people, and in the end she hurt her children. She goes on to blame the preacher, she really goes into detail of how the pastor was raising his children. She states that pastors and judges no nothing of children, only darkness and cold. After she has died, she can look back and see that she should have listened to herself instead of pastors and judges.
This a wonderful example of how poems can touch a person. Mrs. Charles Bliss, could be any woman who has to make this same choice. Is it better to listen to everyone else or just follow our own hearts, and trust that love will be enough?