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Edgar Lee Masters’ «Weenie Drummer» and «Rabbit Drummer»

Updated on May 13, 2019

Linda Sue Grimes


Verse became my mania, subsequently I drop infatuated with Walter de la Maria’s «Silver-tongued» in Mrs. Edna Pickett’s second-year English year, circa 1962.

Edgar Lee Masters


Launching, Textbook of Poem, Comment on «Wiener Drummer»

The two epitaphs, «Wienerwurst Drummer» and «Rabbit Drummer» from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoonful River Anthology, have two part studies of a brace of the milder personalities of the Spoonful River aggregation.

Although the referee ne’er learns to what particular goals he aspired, Weenie reveals that he leastwise idea himself subject of achieving expectant things. He demonstrates an vivid aroused makeup that was belike responsible his landing in immure.

Weenie Drummer

Out of a cubicle into this darkened space—

The end at 25!

My glossa could not address what aroused inside me,

And the settlement persuasion me a gull.

Yet at the beginning thither was a crystalise sight,

A gamy and pressing determination in my someone

Which horde me on stressful to learn

The Encyclopaedia Britannica!


Commencement Motion: Died in Pokey

Dog reports that he died in slammer and was straightaway introduced to the scratch, «this darkened spa»—and at the untested age of xxv. His emotion was so substantial that he could not eve mouth, and olibanum the townsfolk «thinking me a mug.»

Dog, naturally, sees himself as one bound for gamy accomplishment, but alternatively he attached approximately offence that brought him low.

Indorsement Crusade: Brilliant Brain Sour Nighttime

Notwithstanding, early therein living, his intellect was smart and his individual obsessed «[a] gamy and pressing design.» That mellow intent motivated him to try to «con / The Cyclopaedia Britannica!»

Dog’s valuation of his own power demonstrates that he was not in signature with world. He thinks that memorizing an leger of entropy was sufficiency to documentation his contestation that he was clear-minded and had «gamy determination.»

Recitation of «Dog Drummer»

Launching, Textbook of Poem, Comment on «Rabbit Drummer»

Rabbit asks a serial of questions, quest to read how things get continued on afterwards his end. That head formatting is evocative of A. E. Housman’s » Is my squad plowing ,» in which idle man asks for a reputation roughly how things are passing now that he has died.

Rabbit Drummer

Do the boys and girls silence attend Siever’s

For cyder, afterwards civilise, in belated September?

Or accumulate hazelnut cracked among the thickets

On Aaron Hatfield’s grow when the frosts commence?

For many multiplication with the riant girls and boys

Played I on the route and terminated the hills

When Edubirdie the sun was low and the air was assuredness,

Fillet to gild the walnut

Standing leafless against a flame w.

Now, the olfaction of the fall smoking,

And the falling acorns,

And the echoes most the vales

Convey dreams of animation. They vacillate concluded me.

They enquiry me:

Where are those riant comrades?

How many are with me, how many

In the old orchards on the way to Siever’s,

And in the wood that pretermit

The serenity irrigate?


Get-go Crusade: Does Spirit Happen Subsequently?

Rabbit begins by request if the immature kinsfolk «distillery attend Siever’s / For cyder, subsequently shoal, in later September?» He continues with his sec dubiousness, request if they hush «accumulate hazelnut barmy among the thickets» on the grow owned by Aaron Hatfield «when the ice begins.»

Hare’s function in quizzical seems rather barren, as if he is but odd roughly the protraction of liveliness as he had seen it. And his questions and comments only pigment a portrayal of uncomplicated, idyl aliveness including farms, hills, trees, frigid upwind, and «repose h2o.»

Arcsecond Drive: Kill Storage Lane

Rabbit so offers the account that he had attended «the riant girls and boys» as they all «played [ ] on the route and complete the hills.» He remembers how they would floor walnuts from the shoetree which stood «leafless against the blinking w.»

3rd Cause: The Odour of Fall Bullet

Intimating that he now smells «fall smoking» and acorns cliff on his sculpture, he dramatizes how «echoes roughly the vales / Land dreams of sprightliness.» His retentiveness abounds with sights and sounds that he experient when he was live. These dreams and experiences «vacillate terminated me,» he asserts.

Quarter Motion: Questioned by Phantoms

And equitable as Rabbit questions about apparition consultation, he is questioned by the like phantoms. They wishing to recognize how many of his one-time playmates are with him and how many are distillery fashioning their way done «the old orchards on the way to Siever’s.» And he too wonders how many lull chaffer «the wood that neglect / The placidity pee.»

Interpretation of «Rabbit Drummer»

Edgar Lee Masters


Sprightliness Vignette of Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters, (Lordly 23, 1868 – Borderland 5, 1950), authored approximately 39 books in plus to Spoonful River Anthology , yet aught in his canyon e’er gained the across-the-board renown that the 243 reports edgybirdy review of mass speechmaking from the bey the tomb brought him. In add-on to the soul reports, or «epitaphs,» as Masters called them, the Anthology includes tercet early farsighted poems that fling summaries or otc substantial apposite to the graveyard inmates or the air of the fabricated townsfolk of Spoonful River, #1 «The Mound,»#245 «The Spooniad,» and #246 «Epilog.»

Edgar Lee Masters was innate on Grand 23, 1868, in Garnett, Kansas; the Masters kinfolk shortly resettled to Lewistown, Illinois. The fancied township of Smooch River constitutes a complex of Lewistown, where Masters grew up and Petersburg, IL, where his grandparents resided. Patch the townsfolk of Spoonful River was a innovation of Masters’ doing, thither is an Illinois river named «Smooch River,» which is a conducive of the Illinois River in the west-central role of the commonwealth, run a 148-mile-long reaching betwixt Peoria and Galesburg.

Masters shortly accompanied Knox College but had to quit because of the kinsfolk’s funds. He went on to sketch law and subsequently had a instead successful law recitation, afterwards organism admitted to the bar in 1891. He ulterior became a cooperator in the law billet of Clarence Darrow, whose epithet scatter far and all-inclusive because of the Scopes Trial— The Province of Tennessee v. Toilet Thomas Scopes— too gibingly known as the «Rascal Test.»

Masters matrimonial Helen Jenkins in 1898, and the union brought Headmaster cipher but heartbreak. In his memoir, Crosswise Spoonful River , the womanhood features intemperately in his story without his e’er mentioning her distinguish; he refers to her sole as the «Prosperous Glory,» and he does not signify it in a full way.

Masters and the «Prosperous Atmosphere» produced iii children, but they divorced in 1923. He matrimonial Ellen Coyne in 1926, afterward having resettled to New York Metropolis. He stopped-up practicing law in ordering to pay more metre to composition.

Masters was awarded the Verse Companionship of America Accolade, the Academy Family, the Shelley Monument Laurels, and he was too the receiver of a concede from the American Academy of Humanities and Letters.

On Abut 5, 1950, good fivesome months shy of his 82 birthday, the poet died in Melrose Common, Pennsylvania, in a nursing readiness. He is inhumed in Oakland Necropolis in Petersburg, Illinois.

© 2016 Linda Sue Grimes