Arthur Guiterman (//; November 20, 1871 – January 11, 1943) was an American writer best known for his humorous poems.
Life and career
Guiterman was born of American parents in Vienna, graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1891, and was married in 1909 to Vida Lindo. He was an editor of the Woman's Home Companion and the Literary Digest. In 1910, he cofounded the Poetry Society of America, and later served as its president in 1925–26.
An example of his humour is a poem that talks about modern progress, with rhyming couplets such as "First dentistry was painless;/Then bicycles were chainless". It ends on a more telling note:
|“||Now motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Another Guiterman poem, "On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness", illustrates the philosophy also incorporated into his humorous rhymes:
|“||The tusks which clashed in mighty brawls
Of mastodons, are billiard balls.
Perhaps his most-quoted poem is his clever 1936 "DARling" satire about the Daughters of the American Revolution (and three other clubs open only to descendants of pre-Independence British Americans). That poem has a unique, intricate, strongly dramatic rhythmical structure...as analyzed, line by line and syllable by syllable, below. The number of syllables in each line is shown in [brackets]. Strong accents are indicated by !. No accent, or a weak accent, is indicated by ^.
The D.A.R.lings  ^ ! ! ! ^
chatter like starlings  !!^ !^
telling their  ^^^
ancestors'  ^^^
names,  !
while grimly aloof,  ^ ! ^ ^ !
with looks of reproof,  ^ ! ^ ^ !
sit the Co-  ^^^
lonial  ^^^
Dames.  !
The Cincinnati,  ^! ^ !!
merry and chatty,  !^^ !^
dangle their  !^^
badges and  !^^
pendants;  ! ^
but haughty and proud,  ^ !^^ !
disdaining the crowd,  ^ !^^ !
brood the  ^^
Mayflower  ! ! !
descendants.  ^ ! ^
- Guiterman, Arthur (1907). Betel nuts : what they say in Hindustan. San Francisco: P. Elder.
- — (1915). The laughing muse. New York: Harper and Brothers.
- The Mirthful Lyre (1918)
- The Light Guitar (1923)
- Wildwood Fables (1927)
- Song and Laughter (1929)
- Death and General Putnam and 101 other poems (1935)
- Gaily the Troubadour (1936)
- Lyric Laughter (1939)
- Brave Laughter (1943)
List of poems
|Lyrics from the Pekinese (I-III)||1925||Guiterman, Arthur (February 21, 1925). "Lyrics from the Pekinese (I-III)". The New Yorker. 1 (1): 21.|
|Lyrics from the Pekinese (IV-VI)||1925||Guiterman, Arthur (February 28, 1925). "Lyrics from the Pekinese (IV-VI)". The New Yorker. 1 (2): 18.|
|Lyrics from the Pekinese (VII-IX)||1925||Guiterman, Arthur (March 7, 1925). "Lyrics from the Pekinese (VII-IX)". The New Yorker. 1 (3): 21.|
|Lyrics from the Pekinese (X-XII)||1925||Guiterman, Arthur (March 14, 1925). "Lyrics from the Pekinese (X-XII)". The New Yorker. 1 (4): 20.|
|Lyrics from the Pekinese (XIII-XV)||1925||Guiterman, Arthur (March 21, 1925). "Lyrics from the Pekinese (XIII-XV)". The New Yorker. 1 (5): 17.|
|Lyrics from the Pekinese (XVI-XVIII)||1925||Guiterman, Arthur (March 28, 1925). "Lyrics from the Pekinese (XVI-XVIII)". The New Yorker. 1 (6): 18.|
|Rendevous||1925||Guiterman, Arthur (March 28, 1925). "Rendevous". The New Yorker. 1 (6): 8.|
- Rittenhouse, Jessie. "Biographical Notes. Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948). The Second Book of Modern Verse. 1922.". Archived from the original on 20 April 2005. Retrieved 2005-05-27.
- "Guiterman, Arthur (1871 – 1943)". University of Toronto library. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2009-03-17. On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness
- Music: Man Without a Country, Time, May 24, 1937
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- November 28, 1915, New York Times, Poets' Opportunities Greater than Ever Before; Arthur Guiterman Tells How to Make a Living Out of Verse and Gives a List of Don'ts for Aspiring Poets ;- Advises Writing on Topical Themes