Edgar Albert Guest

(20 August 1881 - 5 August 1959 / Birmingham / England)

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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,... more »

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  • Shivangi (8/11/2018 12:52:00 PM)

    very difficult poem

  • Daccari Ashby (7/9/2018 11:34:00 PM)

    Looking for an Edgar Guest poem about an unplanned cold with the line who was needed most of all. Can anyone help me?

  • christina parsons (7/4/2018 2:13:00 AM)

    First read the poem Myselfin Sydney 1971 Australia. Wrote it down, Lost it & searched all the years for it. Thank you so much. Now have it again It will never leave me now.

  • edward warren (6/26/2018 1:59:00 PM)

    Looking for the title of poem, allegedly by Edgarr A. Guest, starts I watched them tearing a building down

  • Francisca Cota (6/18/2018 1:45:00 PM)

    I have a signed copy by Edgar A. Guest The title of the poem is CLUB MANAGERS it was signed in 1954. When was this poem written?

  • Jerre Knoblock (6/7/2018 11:49:00 AM)

    I am looking for a poem that my husband says Edgar Guest wrote. One of the verses is Don't do this, Don't do that. Don't Annoy or Tease the Cat.

  • David Fuller (5/29/2018 10:46:00 PM)

    That's probably because he has been dead for almost 60 years.

  • Cynthia Brown (4/28/2018 3:51:00 PM)

    I am looking for a poem about a newspaper boy that begins: “He went his way and never knew how much his words had thrilled him through; he’d merely stopped upon the street to buy a newsboy’s printed sheet.”

  • John Bennett (4/16/2018 11:45:00 AM)

    As a Rotarian, I had a poem by Edgar Guest about Rotary. I used it in a talk I gave to a Rotary Conference.
    I cannot find the printed copy of it. Would love to have a copy of it.

  • Maria Bell (4/8/2018 11:38:00 PM)

    I wrote the poem Myself in 1983 while at college, How? Please someone explain this to me. Only a few words different instead of wealth I used the word pelf, which means riches.

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Best Poem of Edgar Albert Guest

Be A Friend

Be a friend. You don't need money;
Just a disposition sunny;
Just the wish to help another
Get along some way or other;
Just a kindly hand extended
Out to one who's unbefriended;
Just the will to give or lend,
This will make you someone's friend.

Be a friend. You don't need glory.
Friendship is a simple story.
Pass by trifling errors blindly,
Gaze on honest effort kindly,
Cheer the youth who's bravely trying,
Pity him who's sadly sighing;
Just a little labor spend
On the duties of a friend.

Be a friend. The pay is bigger
(Though not ...

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