Ernest Hemingway

(21 July 1899 - 2 July 1961 / Oak Park, Illinois)

Roosevelt - Poem by Ernest Hemingway

Workingmen believed
He busted trusts,
And put his picture in their windows.
'What he'd have done in France!'
They said.
Perhaps he would--
He could have died
Perhaps,
Though generals rarely die except in bed,
As he did finally.
And all the legends that he started in his life
Live on and prosper,
Unhampered now by his existence.


Comments about Roosevelt by Ernest Hemingway

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/16/2016 11:14:00 PM)

    After reading this poem, I have a feeling Hemingway both idolized Roosevelt, and felt betrayed by him. I also think this poem could be about himself. After all, he was the ultimate self-legend creator. As with Roosevelt, the myth takes over and becomes the man. (Report) Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/16/2016 6:11:00 AM)

    Legends that he started in his life
    Live on and prosper,
    Unhampered now by his existence. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (6/16/2016 2:22:00 AM)

    By his existence! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (2/28/2016 1:35:00 PM)

    '' Though generals rarely die except in bed ''

    'rarely', yes.. it's a great truth.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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