Edgar Albert Guest

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Edgar Albert Guest Biography

Edgar Allen Guest also known as Eddie Guest was a prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet.

Eddie Guest was born in Birmingham, England in 1881, moving to Michigan USA as a young child, it was here he was educated.

In 1895, the year before Henry Ford took his first ride in a motor carriage, Eddie Guest signed on with the Free Press as a 13-year-old office boy. He stayed for 60 years.

In those six decades, Detroit underwent half a dozen identity changes, but Eddie Guest became a steadfast character on the changing scene.

Three years after he joined the Free Press, Guest became a cub reporter. He quickly worked his way through the labor beat -- a much less consequential beat than it is today -- ...

Edgar Albert Guest Comments

John Burdick 10 June 2012

I just love the man but wish I could find more of his biography. I would like to know about his religious beliefs.

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Jeanette Porter 01 September 2013

Edgar Guest was not just a poet but a teacher of what we would call now long lost morals. Although I am much to young to have seen his poetry in print I can say without a doubt he shaped my life and is a large part of who I am today. Brilliant poet!

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Wyman Atkinson 16 June 2013

I have and have read most of Mr. Guest's poems. I'm certain a lot would consider his work hackneyed and perhaps by to-days standard of poetry, some might agree. Edgar lived in a different time, a more simple, less complex and naive time in history. I read his work, with my head in my mother's era (1911) . Mr. Guest wrote with his heart and his soul and all of it made perfect sense. He was Detroit's poet laureate!

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Roy Altemus 18 May 2010

This was so appropriate for today's drivers. It was on the back of a 1949 Hudson car manual: COURTESY / Edgar A. Guest © 1947 Not the “right of way” when driving, but the simple way of right and never once forgetting to be courteous and polite. A little bit of patience as behind the wheel you sit and you’ll never lose a fender and a child you’ll never hit. Oh, the worst of phrases ringing all through motordom today is that selfish bit of wording that is known as “right of way.” It has filled the graves of many who have sped some road along, since death never asks the question, is the driver right or wrong. Just a little thought for others, just remembering to be kind, just the willingness in traffic to slow down and stay behind. Just the show of gracious manners which all gentle folks display, and all the accidents that happen will be fewer day by day. Just control that flash of temper when another sounds his horn. In the car may be a mother soon to have her baby born. Be considerate in your driving and be courteous and be kind, and you’ll reach your dwelling safely and you’ll keep your peace of mind.

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Elizabeth Desch 01 April 2020

Does anyone know a poem by Mr.Guest about a little girl who wouldn't go to bed? My dad, who now has dementia, used to read it to me when I was a child. I would find so much joy if I could find it!

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T Ferrari 26 December 2020

I'm looking for this as well. My mother read this to me all of the time but u can seem to find it...

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KS Karki 08 January 2020

I need summary of the poem The Simple Things by Edgar A Guest

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Elizabet A Desch 17 December 2019

I'm looking for a poem that my dad used to read to me about a little girl who wouldnt go to bed. I'm not 100% sure of the name of the poem but I would love to find it. Could the name of it be SHE WOULDN'T GO TO BED? If anyone finds it, I would be so happy!

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The Best Poem Of Edgar Albert Guest

See It Through

When you're up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it's vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!
Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don't let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you're beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don't give up, whate'er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!

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