Ernest Hemingway

(21 July 1899 - 2 July 1961 / Oak Park, Illinois)

The Age Demanded - Poem by Ernest Hemingway

The age demanded that we sing
And cut away our tongue.

The age demanded that we flow
And hammered in the bung.

The age demanded that we dance
And jammed us into iron pants.

And in the end the age was handed
The sort of shit that it demanded.


Comments about The Age Demanded by Ernest Hemingway

  • Rajnish Manga (6/11/2017 11:37:00 PM)


    Life's terse realities which one learns with age. Thanks.
    And in the end the age was handed
    The sort of shit that it demanded.
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  • (6/11/2017 11:37:00 AM)


    Frank expression of anger and opposition to societal pressure. Courageous. (Report) Reply

  • (6/11/2017 10:42:00 AM)


    Life is very demanding and we don't always get the expected results..such is the duality of the universe.. (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (6/11/2017 10:32:00 AM)


    Ernest Hemingway is a well known and a top poet.No doubt!
    But in this poem, specially the last line seems crude, crass and unaesthetic.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/11/2017 8:56:00 AM)


    Age! ! With the muse of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (6/11/2017 12:46:00 AM)


    Ernest Hemingway was a popular writer but his poetry was crass. (Report) Reply

  • (6/16/2016 6:15:00 AM)


    And in the end the age was handed
    The sort of shit that it demanded.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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