Preparedness

By Edwin Markham 1852–1940 Edwin Markham
For all your days prepare,
   And meet them ever alike:
When you are the anvil, bear—
   When you are the hammer, strike.

Source: The Gates of Paradise and Other Poems (1928)

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Poet Edwin Markham 1852–1940

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Once internationally famous as the author of the poem "The Man with the Hoe," Markham was a popular American literary figure during the first half of the twentieth century whose works espoused progressive social and spiritual beliefs. In contrast to the experimentalism and pessimism that generally characterized poetry of this era, Markham's quatrains, sonnets, and heroic verse celebrate peace, love, and socialist utopian reform. . . .

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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