Edgar Guest

Edgar Guest

About Edgar Guest

Edgar Guest (1881-1959) began his career at the Detroit Free Press in 1895, where he first worked as a copyboy. In 1904 he began writing poems for the Free Press under the heading "Chaff." Those columns evolved into an immensely popular daily feature entitled "Breakfast Table Chat," which, at the height of its popularity, was syndicated in about three hundred other newspapers.

For 30 years Guest published a new poem every single day in the Detroit Free Press. More than 11,000 poems! His poems were extremely popular at the time. He was known as The People's Poet of his age for his easy to read poems about family, work, children and God which upheld the values of the typical American in the first half of the 20th century.

In 1916 Guest published A Heap O' Livin', a collection of verse that eventually sold more than one million copies. That work was followed by Just Folks (1918), Rhythms of Childhood (1924), Life's Highway (1933), and Living the Years (1949).

Guest was appointed Poet Laureate for the State of Michigan in 1952. The text of the resolution includes:
Thousands of people in the State of Michigan throughout the years have looked to the poems of Edgar A. Guest for moral support in times of stress and have enjoyed his subtle humor and homespun philosophy.

    Poems by Edgar Guest

  • At Christmas

    in Famous Holiday Poems

    A man is at his finest
    towards the finish of the year;
    He is almost what he should be
    when the Christmas season is here;

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  • A Friend's Greeting

    in Famous Holiday Poems

    I'd like to be the sort of friend
    that you have been to me;
    I'd like to be the help that you've been
    always glad to be;

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  • The Responsibility Of Fatherhood

    in Famous Family Poems

    BEFORE you came, my little lad,
    I used to think that I was good,
    Some vicious habits, too, I had,
    But wouldn't change them if I could.

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  • Old Friends

    in Famous Friendship Poems

    I do not say new friends are not considerate and true,
    Or that their smiles ain't genuine, but still I'm tellin' you
    That when a feller's heart is crushed and achin' with the pain,
    And teardrops come a-splashin' down his cheeks like summer rain,

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  • Midnight In The Pantry

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    You can boast your round of pleasures, praise the sound of popping corks,
    Where the orchestra is playing to the rattle of the forks,
    And your after-opera dinner you may think superbly fine,
    But that can’t compare, I’m certain, to the joy that’s always mine

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