Edgar Albert Guest

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

Myself - Poem by Edgar Albert Guest

I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as days go by,
always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don't want to stand with the setting sun
and hate myself for the things I have done.
I don't want to keep on a closet shelf
a lot of secrets about myself
and fool myself as I come and go
into thinking no one else will ever know
the kind of person I really am,
I don't want to dress up myself in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect
I want to deserve all men's respect;
but here in the struggle for fame and wealth
I want to be able to like myself.
I don't want to look at myself and know that
I am bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see;
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself and so,
whatever happens I want to be
self respecting and conscience free.


Comments about Myself by Edgar Albert Guest

  • (5/20/2019 10:18:00 AM)

    Tho That was powerful GOD glass you with babys (Report)Reply

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  • (4/13/2019 5:45:00 PM)

    I am a poet myself and I really enjoyed myself (Report)Reply

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  • (2/20/2019 7:56:00 AM)

    i liked the poem very much and i hope you make more poems just like this one i read (Report)Reply

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  • (12/10/2018 10:54:00 AM)

    This poem rocks good job Edgar Albert Guest i love your poem! (Report)Reply

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  • (11/26/2018 1:01:00 PM)

    i love this poem LOveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! (Report)Reply

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  • (10/10/2017 5:57:00 PM)

    This is not the poem as it was written by the Edgar Guest. I see see two places where words were changed. Man changed to person and pelf changed to wealth. I don't know if the changes were made by this website or if they just ignorantly published an incorrect version of this poem. It is not within anyone's prerogative to change the words of an authors work. If you don't understand a word such as pelf don't assume it's wrong. Look it up and learn something. (Report)Reply

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  • Wayne Kilgore (8/26/2017 1:27:00 PM)

    I really wish you feminist and politically correcting a-holes would stop changing the texts of great poetry. You folks remind me of the same jerks that would want to put clothes on the statues from Michelangelo or alter the great paintings that do not depict your moral principles. The 11th line is supposed to read: The kind of man I really am, not person. Please look up the poem before you post someones altered version. Edgar A. Guest was a man, he wrote the poem about himself, not the feminist a-holes out there that want to push their BS on everyone else. If you don't agree, then please, write a poem yourself and not alter someones to support your views. Thanx (Report)Reply

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  • Melissa Patty (4/23/2016 5:09:00 PM)

    Spoken from the heart! Loved reading this (Report)Reply

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  • (12/14/2015 11:53:00 PM)

    appreciation of oneself is good start of the day (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 12, 2014



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