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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  • 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.

  • gary@coastalfpg.com (4/5/2018 4:17:00 PM)

    I want to put Eger Guest's Sermons we see in a book I'm writing. I can't find what year it was written. Or where I go for permission.

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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 ...

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