Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

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What does the Amelia Garrick poem in Spoon River Anthology mean?

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To best understand "Amelia Garrick," one must first understand its context. Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology is a collection of free verse poems. Each poem serves as an epitaph for a deceased individual in the fictional town of Spoon River, which in turn is based on the real town of Spoon River. Through these epitaphs, Masters aims to communicate the spirit of the archetypal American small-town community. By using the structure of epitaph to communicate community spirit, he simultaneously describes how the living are defined by the dead and how mortality colors human existence and the way we understand ourselves. More specifically, in "Amelia Garrick," Edgar Lee Masters asks us to redefine success to take into consideration the impact of mortality on our sense of accomplishment.

Competition and, perhaps more importantly, victory come in many forms. If among two individuals in competition, one outlives the other and in great splendor, that is (on a superficial...

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Probably, Dora Williams.

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