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Edwin Markham

(23 April 1852 - 7 March 1940 / Oregon City, Oregon)

Edwin Markham
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Charles Edwin Anson Markham was an American poet.

Life

Edwin Markham was born in Oregon City, Oregon and was the youngest of 10 children; his parents divorced shortly after his birth. At the age of four, he moved to Lagoon Valley, an area northeast of San Francisco; there, he lived with his sister and mother. He worked on the family’s farm beginning at twelve. Although his mother was opposed to his pursuing higher education, he studied literature at the California College in Vacaville, California, and received his teacher's certificate in 1870. In 1872 he graduated from San Jose State Normal School, and in 1873 finished his studies of classics at Christian ... more »

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  • ''There is a destiny that makes us brothers;
    None goes his way alone:
    All that we send into the lives of others
    Comes back into our own.''
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. A Creed (l. 1-4). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubleday & Company....
  • ''The grip that swung the ax in Illinois
    Was on the pen that set a people free.''
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. Lincoln, the Man of the People (l. 44-45). . . Our Holidays in Poetry. Mildred P. Harrington and Josephine H...
  • Sprung from the West,
    He drank the valorous youth of a new world.
    The strength of virgin forests braced his mind,
    The hush of spacious prairies stilled his soul.
    His words ...
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. Lincoln, the Man of the People (l. 30-35). . . Our Holidays in Poetry. Mildred P. Harrington and Josephine H...
  • ''he went down
    As when a lordly cedar, green with boughs,
    Goes down with a great shout upon the hills,
    And leaves a lonesome place against the sky.''
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. Lincoln, the Man of the People (l. 53-56). . . Our Holidays in Poetry. Mildred P. Harrington and Josephine H...
  • How will it be with kingdoms and with kings—
    With those who shaped him to the thing he is—
    When this dumb Terror shall rise to judge the world,
    After the silence of the ...
    Edwin Markham (1852-1940), U.S. poet. The Man with the Hoe (l. 46-49). . . One Hundred and One Famous Poems. Roy J. Cook, comp. (Rev. ed., 1958) R...
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