Who is Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest (20 August 1881 in Birmingham, England – 5 August 1959 in Detroit, Michigan) was a prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet. His poems often had an inspirational and optimistic view of everyday life.

Career In 1891, Guest moved with his family to the United States from England. After he began at the Detroit Free Press as a copy boy and then a reporter, his first poem appeared 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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  • Azicockatiel: با خوندن این شعر، ناخودآگاه لبخند میشینه رو صورتت. think of happy thoughts think always of the best, think of the ones you love, not those that you detest; think of your victories and not your failures here; the smile that pleased and not the hurtful sneer... edgar albert guest
  • Afterbrugge: think happy thoughts - an uplifting poem for when you need it most by edgar albert guest a thread. (1 minute read)
  • Bkmalegamwala: courage by edgar albert guest
  • Arumblings: only a dad, but he gives his all to smooth the way for his children small, doing, with courage stern and grim, the deeds that his father did for him. this is the line that for him i pen, only a dad, but the best of men. only a dad by edgar albert guest
  • Spill_words: only a dad  a poem by edgar albert guest only a dad, with a tired face, coming home from the daily race, bringing little of gold or fame, to show how well he has played the game, but glad in his heart that his
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Sometimes, to solace my sad heart, I say,
Though late it be, though lily-time be past,
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Haply I will go down to her, some day,
And cast my rests of life before her feet,
That she may have her will of me, being so sweet
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