Edgar Guest

Edgar Guest

About Edgar Guest

Edgar Guest began his career at the Detroit Free Press in 1895, where he first worked as a copyboy. He was soon promoted to police writer and later to exchange editor, and 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. 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.

For 30 years Guest published a new poem every single day in the Detroit Free Press. His poems were extremely popular at the time. He wrote about family, work, children and God and upheld the values of the typical American in the first half of the 20th century.

    Poems by Edgar Guest

  • See It Through

    See It Through By Edgar Guest

    in Famous Life Poems

    When you’re up against a trouble,
    Meet it squarely, face to face;
    Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
    Plant your feet and take a brace.

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  • Equipment

    Equipment By Edgar A. Guest

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
    You've all that the greatest of men have had,
    Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
    And a brain to use if you would be wise.

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  • Being Brave At Night

    Being Brave At Night By Edgar Albert Guest

    in Famous Children Poems

    The other night 'bout two o'clock, or maybe it was three,
    An elephant with shining tusks came chasing after me.
    His trunk was wavin' in the air an' spoutin' jets of steam
    An' he was out to eat me up, but still I didn't scream

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  • The Stick-Together Families

    The Stick-Together Families By Edgar Albert Guest

    in Famous Family Poems

    The stick-together families are happier by far
    Than the brothers and the sisters who take separate highways are.
    The gladdest people living are the wholesome folks who make
    A circle at the fireside that no power but death can break.

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    I was trying to come up with something to post on Facebook so my 2 sons could read it. They're 27 & 29 years old, and we're very close. I wanted to say something about family that would touch...

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  • Story Telling

    Story Telling By Edgar Albert Guest

    in Famous Children Poems

    Most every night when they're in bed,
    And both their little prayers have said,
    They shout for me to come upstairs
    And tell them tales of gypsies bold,

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    Wow, this is a great poem!

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