Who is Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest (20 August 1881 – 5 August 1959) was a British-born American poet who became known as the People's Poet. His poems often had an inspirational and optimistic view of everyday life.

Early life

Guest was born in Birmingham, England in 1881. In 1891, his family moved from England to Detroit, Michigan, where Guest lived until he died.

Career

After he began at the Detroit Free Press as a copy boy and then a reporter, his first poem appeared on 11 December 1898. He became a naturalized citizen in 1902. For 40 years, Guest was widely read throughout North America, and his sentimental, optimistic poems were in the same vein as the light verse of Nick Kenny, who wrote syndicated columns during the same decades.

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Edgar Albert Guest Poems

  • The Limitations Of Greatness
    NO MAN really knows enough
    To be hateful to his brother,
    None is rich enough to cuff
    And be cruel to another; ...
  • Forgotten Boyhood
    He wears a long and solemn face
    And drives the children from his place;
    He doesn't like to hear them shout
    Or race and run and romp about, ...
  • What We Can Be
    What We Can Be
    We cannot all be men of fame,
    We cannot all be men of wealth,
    We cannot all be known by name, ...
  • The Summer Girl
    The Summer girl
    In peek-a-boos
    And open hose
    And narrow shoes, ...
  • We Who Stay At Home
    When you were just our little boy, on many a night we crept
    Unto your cot and watched o'er you, and all the time you slept.
    We tucked the covers round your form and smoothed your pillow, too,
    And sometimes stooped and kissed your cheeks, but that you never knew. ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Edgar Albert Guest

Never 392 Life 305 Time 277 Away 250 Good 235 Joy 218 Night 207 I Love You 205 Love 205 Play 186


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Ritusngh74: inspiring & beautifully narrated see it through - a powerful poem by edgar albert guest | read by simerje...
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Psupresents: “give me the end of the year an’ its fun/ when most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done; / bring all the wanderers home to the nest, / let me sit down with the ones i love best” —from “thanksgiving” by edgar albert guest
Barristerlarry: poet edgar albert guest wrote in 1920, when over me the night shall fall, and my poor soul goes upwards winging unto that heavenly realm, where all is bright with joy and gay with singing, i hope to hear st. peter say,
Thashns: and the grown-ups bow in a gracious way to the high chair monarch who rules the day. poem by edgar albert guest
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Lee Song Wara: after reading his poems i felt so good actually i am feeling good since i read his poems. his poems are so amazing that when i read his poem Satisfied With Life i was like "man i should read this poem once i get old"
he is just amazing RIP Edgar Albert Guest

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