Edwin Markham

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

The Man with the Hoe (Written after seeing Millet's world-famous painting) Poem by Edwin Markham


Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans
Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground,
The emptiness of ages in his face,
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Comments about this poem (The Man with the Hoe (Written after seeing Millet's world-famous painting) by Edwin Markham )

  • Gold Star - 5,618 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/28/2014 1:52:00 AM)

    There are so many beautiful things to look forward to and yes life is counter-balanced with burdens of all kinds..very well written poem.. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 866 Points Liliana ~el (9/28/2013 5:46:00 PM)

    Chilling. Shaking reflection on humanity and nature (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Havilah Howard (11/29/2004 11:24:00 AM)

    Markham's poetry frequently references Classical themes, but remains relevant today. This is my favorite of his poems that I have read. (Report) Reply

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