Edgar Albert Guest (20 August 1881 - 5 August 1959 / Birmingham / England)
Edgar Allen Guest also known as Eddie Guest 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.
Eddie Guest was born in Birmingham, England in 1881, moving to Michigan USA as a young child, it was here he was educated.
In 1895, the year before Henry Ford took his first ride in a motor carriage, Eddie Guest signed on with the Free Press as a 13-year-old office boy. He stayed for 60 years.
In those six decades, Detroit underwent half a dozen identity changes, but Eddie Guest became a steadfast character on the changing scene.
Three years after he joined the Free Press,... more »
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- A Christmas Greeting
- A Father's Prayer
- A Toast to the Men
- Follow A Famous Father
- Grace At Evening
- Hard Luck
- He Who Serves
- I See You've Travelled Some
- If You Would Please Me
- Life's Slacker
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''Just start to sing as you tackle the thingEdgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), Anglo-American poet. It Couldn't Be Done (l. 23-24). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed...
That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.''
''Somebody said that it couldn't be done,Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), Anglo-American poet. It Couldn't Be Done (l. 1-4). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. ...
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.''
''It ain't home t' ye, though it be the palace of a king,Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), Anglo-American poet. Home (l. 7-8). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1979) Oxfor...
Until somehow yer soul is sort o' wrapped round everything.''
It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home,Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), Anglo-American poet. Home (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1979) Oxfor...
A heap o' sun an' shadder, an' ye sometimes have t' roam
Afore ye really 'preciate the things ye lef' behind,
An' hunger fer ...
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