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Lifetime: 1881 - 1959 Passed: ≈ 64 years ago





Edgar A. Guest

Edgar A. Guest was an American poet and journalist, born on August 20, 1881, in Birmingham, England. He moved to the United States with his family when he was ten years old, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Guest started his career as a copy boy in the Detroit Free Press, and eventually became a popular syndicated columnist and poet.

Guest's writing was known for its accessibility and relatability. He wrote about everyday life and experiences, and his poems often featured themes of family, patriotism, and moral values. His most famous poem, "It Couldn't Be Done," is a testament to the power of perseverance and determination.

Guest was also known for his principles and philosophy. He believed in the power of hard work and dedication, and encouraged readers to strive for their goals and dreams. His writing often emphasized the importance of family, community, and the simple joys of life.

Throughout his career, Guest published over 20 books of poetry and prose. Some of his most notable works include "A Heap o' Livin'" (1916), "Just Folks" (1917), and "The Friendly Way" (1931). He also received numerous awards and honors for his writing, including being named the first Poet Laureate of Michigan in 1952.

Guest died on August 5, 1959, in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 77. He is remembered as one of the most popular poets of his time, and his writing has continued to inspire readers for generations. His philosophy of hard work and determination remains a timeless message, and his poems continue to be read and loved around the world.

An interesting fact about Guest is that he wrote a poem every day for over 30 years, resulting in over 11,000 poems. Despite being criticized by some for his simple and sentimental style, Guest's writing continues to resonate with readers of all ages and backgrounds. He remains a beloved figure in American literature, and his books are still widely read and cherished by fans of poetry and literature.

Books by Edgar A. Guest

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Keep Going

Dream Social Faith Poems Success Happiness Determination Verses Fortnightly

The poem is centered around the theme of perseverance and resilience in the face of life's challenges. Through his insightful and heartfelt verses, Guest encourages readers to keep pushing forward despite setbacks and obstacles, reminding them that s...