Members Who Read Most Number Of Poems

Live Scores

Click here to see the rest of the list

(20 August 1881 - 5 August 1959 / Birmingham / England)

Edgar Albert Guest
Do you like this poet?
245 person liked.
24 person did not like.

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 »

Click here to add this poet to your My Favorite Poets.

Quotations

more quotations »
  • ''Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
    That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.''
    Edgar 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...
  • ''Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
    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.''
    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. ...
  • ''It ain't home t' ye, though it be the palace of a king,
    Until somehow yer soul is sort o' wrapped round everything.''
    Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), Anglo-American poet. Home (l. 7-8). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1979) Oxfor...
  • It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home,
    A heap o' sun an' shadder, an' ye sometimes have t' roam
    Afore ye really 'preciate the things ye lef' behind,
    An' hunger fer ...
    Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), Anglo-American poet. Home (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1979) Oxfor...
Read more quotations »

Comments about Edgar Albert Guest

more comments »
Click here to write your comments about Edgar Albert Guest
  • Lorrie Martinez (11/3/2013 8:35:00 PM)

    I have the original writing of I follow the famous father it's on a brown paper bag it is sign by Edgar Albert Guest himself. It was in a frame with a document and it was behind the document

  • Jeanette Porter (9/1/2013 9:33:00 AM)

    Edgar Guest was not just a poet but a teacher of what we would call now long lost morals. Although I am much to young to have seen his poetry in print I can say without a doubt he shaped my life and is a large part of who I am today. Brilliant poet!

  • Wyman Atkinson (6/16/2013 10:12:00 AM)

    I have and have read most of Mr. Guest's poems. I'm certain a lot would consider his work hackneyed and perhaps by to-days standard of poetry, some might agree. Edgar lived in a different time, a more simple, less complex and naive time in history. I read his work, with my head in my mother's era (1911) . Mr. Guest wrote with his heart and his soul and all of it made perfect sense. He was Detroit's poet laureate!

  • John Burdick (6/10/2012 5:24:00 AM)

    I just love the man but wish I could find more of his biography. I would like to know about his religious beliefs.

Read all 8 comments »
[Hata Bildir]