There are only few Writers who have had a profound impact with their creative minds, thoughts, and works on our Country and around the world, Ernest Hemingway was one of those Writers. With his esteemed and impressive accomplishments in the Writing and Journalism fields, Ernest Hemingway has paved the way for Writers abroad, and his works, stories of truth, and (mostly known for) fiction, have not gone unnoticed, but have been the inspiration for more than many and neither he nor his great abundance of celebrated works will never be forgotten for Ernest Hemingway was… The Great American Writer.
Ernest Hemingway was born on the 21st of July in 1899 in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. He was one of six children. At the age of 17 Hemingway published his first literary work. Hemingway died at age 61 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but he will foremost and always be remembered and honored as one of the greatest writers of any time and generation. Hemingway (growing up and as an adult) loved to dramatize everything. He would make up stories in which he was always the invariably the undefeated and courageous hero. Ernest applied for a job as a journalist as a young man and by October 1917 he was employed by the Kansas City Star. This meant he had to write about everything that went on in the Police Stations, the train stations and the hospitals. So his first training in writing was reporting stolen goods and crime, accidents and of any famous people who might have passed through the Union Station.
In this time Hemingway became fascinated by people and by people’s mannerisms, movements, actions, words, and conversations. Ernest spent a great deal of time and interest studying people… and any fan of Ernest Hemingway’s great works and stories could see that in his writing and how he would go into great detail about his surrounds the people around him. Ernest Hemingway became known for just that; within his work, he would always go into great detail and observation about what surrounded him. He would solely base (for the most part) his fictional stories on his life and his travels… and on the relationships he had with people and the relationships he formed with them.
One of Ernest Hemingway’s most recognizable and beloved stories of all time is entitled, The Moveable Feast, which is now a known classic, and though it’s not a poem, the mellow and breeze-like flow of this story has the same feeling and tone as a poem would embody.
A Moveable Feast is a memoir by Ernest Hemingway and how he would describe the years he had spent in Paris following World War I with his wife, Hadley, and young son. This was in a time when many artist and authors were living in Paris, and Hemingway writes about his many encounters and friendships that he embarked upon at that time. His time spent in Paris not only had a profound impact on his storytelling, but had a powerful and internal impact on himself as well. Hemingway grew and learned so much for his living in Paris and he even once stated: “Paris changed me forever”. And it did.
Other proclaimed and beloved works of Hemingway are of his easy-flowing, to the point, yet, blunt and forthright works of poetry:
If my Valentine you won’t be
If my Valentine you won’t be,
I’ll hang myself on your Christmas tree.
(14 February, 1956)
Short, blunt and to the point as so was this one poem that he had wrote back in February, 1956 about being in-love and wanting and needing to be loved back or else… he would end his life.
Another well-known poem of Hemingway’s (with a more positive tone, yet still very blunt and truthful)
Advice to a Son
Never trust a white man,
Never kill a Jew,
Never sign a contract,
Never rent a pew.
Don’t enlist in armies;
Nor marry many wives;
Never write for magazines;
Never scratch your hives.
Always put paper on the seat,
Don’t believe in wars,
Keep yourself both clean and neat,
Never marry whores.
Never pay a blackmailer,
Never go to law,
Never trust a publisher,
Or you’ll sleep on straw.
All your friends will leave you
All your friends will die
So lead a clean and wholesome life
And join them in the sky.
This poem was written to and for his son back in1931. In this more narrative poem, Hemingway is giving his son some insight and truth about the harshness and reality of life. Again, this poem short and sweet, but straight to the core, this poem is a classic reflection of who Ernest Hemingway was as a father and as a man.
Lastly, another short poem that demonstrates Hemmingway’s’ stern and “brutal truth” within his work is the poem:
To Good Guys Dead
They sucked us in;
King and country,
And the rest.
Words and phrases,
They either bitched us or killed us.
Hemingway is speaking about war here and what it means to be a true hero and veteran. A true soldier has no identity with separation within politics or religion, but all soldiers are in fact human and man, and they should be honored for what they have fought for and have sacrificed.
Furthermore, known for telling it like it is with his witty humor, provocative language and gutsy opinions about how people really are and how life really is… Ernest Hemingway was a true character of his time and that’s what makes him so well-known, celebrated as well as respected… it’s his brutal truth that he reveals to us in his journalist works and short-stories that let him remembered as, The Great American Writer —