November 22, 2004

Second Poetry Slam

All the members of my group: Melissa Hagg, Se-Ann Williams, Nabila Uddin, Katie Aikins, and Linda Fondrk.

We have chosen poems from Edgar Lee Masters: Spoon River Anthology. The poems are dated from 1916.

The following information that I jotted down is from Linda Fondrk's program card. Here is some information regarding the author. Masters is an American poet and biographer. The Spoon River Anthology is basically a collection of epitaphs in free verse revealing the secret lives of dead citizens, was acclaimed for its treatment of small-town American life.

1.) The Hill The poem is presented by the whole group. It is divided into several parts. The order of the presenting the poem in parts is the following: Linda, Katie, Melissa, Se-Ann, and Nabila.

The following short poems is presented individually.

2.) Sarah Brown This poem is presented by Linda Fondrk.

3.) Ollie McGee This poem is presented Se-Ann Williams.

4.) Fletcher McGee This poem is presented Melissa Hagg.

5.) Robert Fulton Tanner This poem is presented by Katie Aikins.

6.) Cassius Hueffer This poem is presented by Nabila Uddin.

As a whole group, we have chosen "The Hill" because it flows well when parts are read by many people. It is more effective and the audience will be able to capture the atmosphere of the poem. I have interpreted this poem to be when all the people are located on top of the hill that have died. In a nice way, it is said that all the people are "sleeping" on the hill. It firsts comes out to say, "where are so and so..." Then, it tells how each person died and is located on the hill. It is a dramatic poem and can you can feel the intensity of the characters.

Individually, I am presenting "Cassius Hueffer." I have chosen this poem in particular because it is displaying deep feelings about how a man feels when his tombstone is carved. My interpretion of the poem is when the main character has already died, and he tells the audience that he is better dead than alive, because he couldn't handle the mean things that people said about him. He doesn't like the how the present inscription is carved on his tombstone. It should have been changed according to him.

Posted by NabilaUddin at November 22, 2004 11:27 PM

To my group members,

I have prepared the blog for our poetry presentation. You can submit your thoughts and reflections about your group or individual poems here. I have two questions:

1.) Did we decide to set up the program on Monday, Nov. 29th after class from my blog after the material is submitted?

2.) Do we have to print each copy of each poem we are presenting to the students on the day of the presentation? If so, could we decide who is responsible for doing this task?

Have a Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and I hope we keep contact during our break for feedback.

Nabila :)

Posted by: Nabila Uddin at November 22, 2004 11:32 PM

Nabila - I am going to change the poem I am presenting to "Sarah Brown", #33.

Also, I prepared a word document that has a brief explanation of the theme behind Spoon River Anthology and date it was published well as info on author. I pasted "The Hill" into it. We each need to prepare our own page with our individual poem and any notes about it. If we all bring these to class next Monday, I will take them and get 30 copies of everything. Thanks for blogging everything and have a great holiday too! Linda

Posted by: Linda Fondrk at November 23, 2004 9:06 AM

Hi again guys, anyone have a paper I could critique for the next assignment? If so, could you email it to me soon? thanks, Linda

Posted by: Linda Fondrk at November 23, 2004 12:52 PM

Hi again,

Kelly was supposed to email her paper Monday night, but I still haven't heard from her (I gave her mine Monday in class). I am afraid she forgot. Could I possibly critique one of your papers even though someone else is doing it too so I have something to hand in? Please :)? Thanks, Linda

Posted by: Linda Fondrk at November 24, 2004 7:07 AM


Sure, you can critique my paper. I'll send it to you as soon as possible to your e-mail. If you have any questions, then let me know.

Nabila :)

Posted by: NabilaUddin at November 25, 2004 1:35 AM


Sorry it has taken me so long to post.

Robert Fulton Tanner is a poem about Life, and the amount of work we put into it. This poem starts with a man contemplating gnawing the hand of the one who creates and destroys him. He compares this scenario to being bitten with a rat. He continues to lament about not being able to right yourself in life; the opening tone is very dismal. Then through out the middle of the poem, there is a shift: he realizes the is work to do, money to make, even if these are merely "bait." At the end, it is about beating the perils of life, and succeeding. An uplifting poem to say the least.

Hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving!!!!


Posted by: Katie Aikins at November 27, 2004 12:29 AM


It seems to me that people are changing their poems, hmm....I guess I'll fix my blog when we meet on Monday..LOL. Hope you had a good break!

Nabila :)

Posted by: NabilaUddin at November 27, 2004 6:06 PM

Hi Guys, I won't be able to get those copies after all, so just print out 29 copies of your poem and explanation and bring to class. We can then incorporate it with what I've already done. Linda

Posted by: Linda Fondrk at November 30, 2004 7:12 AM

Hey Nabila,I was doing the poem Ollie McGee. You made a mistake saying Katie was doing it. She was doing the one by Robert Fulton Tanner.

Posted by: Se-Ann Williams at November 30, 2004 10:18 AM


Thanks for pointing out that mistake. I have fixed it now.


Posted by: NabilaUddin at November 30, 2004 9:14 PM

There's a new online edition of the spoon river anthology with comments and cross-references at

Posted by: Spoon River Anthology at November 11, 2007 8:55 AM
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