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Cassius Hueffer Analysis

Author: poem of Edgar Lee Masters Type: poem Views: 11

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They have chiseled on my stone the words:

'His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him

That nature might stand up and say to all the world,

This was a man.'

Those who knew me smile

As they read this empty rhetoric.

My epitaph should have been:

'Life was not gentle to him,

And the elements so mixed in him

That he made warfare on life,

In the which he was slain.'

While I lived I could not cope with slanderous tongues,

Now that I am dead I must submit to an epitaph

Graven by a fool!


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I love this poem. I may have interpreted it differently but I feel like there is a lot of good metaphors in it. I wish it would have explained more of what had happened to him, but still I enjoy his irony and metaphors.
~natalee blaser

| Posted on 2013-05-09 | by a guest

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I think this man was so bitter his complaints followed him to his grave, and thats what i think the poet was trying to say, he was saying try not to make situations so terrible and serious or else it\'ll be almost as if the way you lived your life was a waste.

| Posted on 2013-05-09 | by a guest

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First off, this poem is spoken from the viewpoint of Cassius, the man who died and is buried under the stone. Cassius is expressing his anger at the world and specifically the fool who chiseled his epitaph, or the words upon his tombstone, because they wrote the wrong words. He reveals the fallacy of the epitaph by calling it \"empty rhetoric.\" He then goes on to characterize his life by stating what should have been left on grave marker. The last three lines add an extra bit of irony as when he was alive he hated liars, but now he must have a lie on his tombstone forever.

| Posted on 2011-10-19 | by a guest

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Well i didn\'t like this poem they were making fun of a gentle man that probably wasn\'t rude, but they did it after he was dead why not when he was alive. the person that messed with his stone was rude he must have been board with his own life and tried to hurt Cassius Hueffer\'s life.
Although it was rude it was a good poem.
~Shauntell Palecki~

| Posted on 2011-05-12 | by a guest

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I thin this poem was very in depth and took me a few times reading it to get what the story meant and what happened to cassius. It is hard to understand but very detailed in how Cassius felt about the individuals he mentions in the poem.

| Posted on 2011-05-12 | by a guest

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i enjoyed it because of the irony shown in the poem and after reading it a few times it all fell into place and actually made me laugh.

| Posted on 2011-05-12 | by a guest

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I honestly think that this poem has no real point to it. Someone has pasted away and the people didn\'t like him but seems because they didn\'t like him or agree with the way of his doing that they either killed him or we don\'t know what happen but they put nice things on his stone to make themselves feel better when really none of what the put was even close to the truth about him. Trista Smith

| Posted on 2011-05-12 | by a guest

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