Give an example of a compound and/or complex sentence in Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology.

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In order to identify a compound and/or a compound-complex sentence in Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, it is important to define each.

A complex sentence [has] an independent clause and at least one dependent clause. The dependent clause is introduced by either a subordinate conjunction (such as although, while, or because) or a relative pronoun (such as who or which). 

A complex sentence can stand alone and be understood. A dependent clause requires an independent clause in order to make sense. 

A compound-complex sentence is different:

A compound-complex sentence has one complex sentence joined to a simple sentence with a conjunction.

Conjunctions are...

...any member of a small class of words distinguished in many languages by their function as connectors between words, phrases, clauses, or sentences as and, because, but, however.

A simple sentence "has only one clause."

In Spoon River Anthology, refer to "The Town Marshal."

Prohibitionists made me Town Marshal
When the saloons were voted out,
Because when I was a drinking man,
Before I joined the church, I killed a Swede
At the saw-mill near Maple Grove.

This is a complex sentence—it contains an independent clause as well as a dependent clause.  The independent clause is...

Prohibitionists made me Town Marshal

This part of the sentence can stand alone; it makes sense. However, the remainder of the quotation (beginning with the subordinate conjunction because) cannot stand alone, but depends upon the independent clause in order to make sense.

Because when I was a drinking man,
Before I joined the church, I killed a Swede
At the saw-mill near Maple Grove.

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