Roosevelt Poem by Ernest Hemingway

Roosevelt

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Workingmen believed
He busted trusts,
And put his picture in their windows.
'What he'd have done in France!'
They said.
Perhaps he would--
He could have died
Perhaps,
Though generals rarely die except in bed,
As he did finally.
And all the legends that he started in his life
Live on and prosper,
Unhampered now by his existence.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 16 June 2016

After reading this poem, I have a feeling Hemingway both idolized Roosevelt, and felt betrayed by him. I also think this poem could be about himself. After all, he was the ultimate self-legend creator. As with Roosevelt, the myth takes over and becomes the man.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 16 June 2016

Legends that he started in his life Live on and prosper, Unhampered now by his existence.

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Edward Kofi Louis 16 June 2016

By his existence! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Fabrizio Frosini 28 February 2016

'' Though generals rarely die except in bed '' 'rarely', yes.. it's a great truth..

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