The Man with the Hoe and Other Poems by Edwin Markham
"The Man With The Hoe" Edwin Markham poem inspired by "L'homme a la houe" Jean-Francois Millet
Los Angeles Herald, Number 122, 30 January 1900 — ANSWERS TO "THE MAN WITH THE HOE" [ARTICLE]
Some time ago a man who withheld his name from the public offered through the New York Sun three prizes for the three best poems written in answer to Edwin Markham's "The Man With The Hoe. Stedman ariu T. Aldrich— have declared John Vance Cheney, formerly of the free public library of San Francisco, but now in charge of Newberry library of Chicago, as the winner of the first prize of 14 H. Cheney's poem is as follows: Let us a little permit nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we. Nature reads not our labels, "great" and "small;" Accepts she one and all.
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It was immediately published in the San Francisco Examiner in January after its editor, heard it at the same party. 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? What gulfs between him and the seraphim! A protest that is also a prophecy.
Pssst… we can write an original essay just for you. The Man with the Hoe condemns human exploitation and strives to instill social justice. However, by using rhetorical questions, the speaker also characterizes the worker as a symbol of the imminent rebellion for justice. The worker exhibits physical and mental hopelessness, falling victim to the indoctrinated belief of his inferiority as a laborer. In the concluding stanza of The Man with the Hoe, the speaker utilizes rhetorical questions to depict the toiler through an optimistic perspective, the optimism of rebellion and justice. Although the figure in the painting symbolizes the toiling, slaving class, the speaker also decides to characterize the figure with a tinge of hopefulness.