I had to read a few of Masters' poems in high school and since then I have intended on reading more. Back then I found the selections the teacher made to be poignant and funny at times. Now that I have finally gotten around to reading the entire anthology I was rather disappointed. There were a few poems that reminded me why I enjoyed Masters' in high school but largely the poems were tiresome and too woe-is-me (granted the people are dead) to enjoy. The concept is excellent, I've always believed that, but the many dull poems overwhelm the few that shine.