Ernest Hemingway Poems

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Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. Nicknaming himself "Papa" while still in his 20s, he was part of the 1920s expatriate community in Paris known as "the Lost Generation", as described in his memoir A Moveable Feast. He led a turbulent social life, was married four times and allegedly had multiple extra-marital relationships over many years. For a serious writer, he achieved a rare cult-like popularity during his lifetime. Hemingway received the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for The Old Man and the Sea. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. During his later life, Hemingway suffered from increasing physical and mental problems. In July 1961, following an ill-advised and premature release from a mental hospital where he'd been treated for severe depression, he committed suicide at his home in Ketchum, Idaho with a shotgun. Hemingway's distinctive writing style is characterized by economy and understatement. It had a significant influence on the development of twentieth-century fiction writing. His protagonists are typically stoic males who exhibit an ideal described as "grace under pressure." Many of his works are now considered canonical in American literature.

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

The age demanded that we flow... [read poem]
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