Edwin Markham
Oregon City, Oregon
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The Man With The Hoe (Written After Seeing Millet's World-Famous Painting)

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Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans
Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground,
The emptiness of ages in his face,
And on his back the burden of the world.
Who made him dead to rapture and despair,
A thing that grieves not and that never hopes,
Stolid and stunned, a brother to the ox?
Who loosened and let down this brutal jaw?
Whose was the hand that slanted back this brow?
Whose breath blew out the light within this brain?
Is this the Thing the Lord God made and gave
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James. Cabalican 13 July 2019
Do you have a song of this peom the man with the hoe pharagraph or stanza number 4
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James. Cabalican 13 July 2019
Do you have a song of this peom the man with the hoe pharagraph or stanza number 4
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There are so many beautiful things to look forward to and yes life is counter-balanced with burdens of all kinds..very well written poem..
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Liliana ~el 28 September 2013
Chilling. Shaking reflection on humanity and nature
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Havilah Howard 29 November 2004
Markham's poetry frequently references Classical themes, but remains relevant today. This is my favorite of his poems that I have read.
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