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Edwin Markham

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

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


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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  • 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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