Arthur Guiterman

(1871-1943 / United States)

Arthur Guiterman
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Arthur Guiterman (pronounced /ˈɡɪtərmən/; November 20, 1871 - January 11, 1943) was an American writer best known for his humorous poems.

Guiterman was born of American parents in Vienna, graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1891, and was married in 1909 to Vida Lindo. He was an editor of the Woman's Home Companion and the Literary Digest. In 1910, he cofounded the Poetry Society of America, and later served as its president in 1925-26. more »

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  • ''The hippopotamus is strong
    And huge of head and broad of bustle;
    The limbs on which he rolls along
    Are big with hippopotomuscle.''
    Arthur Guiterman (1891-1943), U.S. poet, librettist. Habits of the Hippopotamus (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, The. Don...
  • ''The grizzly bear whose potent hug
    Was feared by all, is now a rug.

    Great Caesar's bust is on the shelf,
    And I don't feel so well myself.''
    Arthur Guiterman (1891-1943), U.S. poet, librettist. On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness (l. 5-8). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, ...
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  • Patti Howell (1/2/2005 1:18:00 PM)

    I have heard of a poem by Arthur Guiterman about the camel and how he came to have a split lip. Does anyone have this poem at their disposal? E-mail to

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