Friday, August 13, 2010

One of my favorite Spoon River Anthology quotes

Edgar Lee Masters wrote a very unusual book of poetry where each character described their life and sometimes their death. A collection of fictional auto-obituaries you might say. One of my favorites is


IN youth my wings were strong and tireless,
But I did not know the mountains.
In age I knew the mountains
But my weary wings could not follow my vision—
Genius is wisdom and youth.