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The Man with the Hoe

The famous poem "The Man With the Hoe" by Edwin Markham is based upon a painting of the same name. Because the poem is inspired by a still image, the physical description of the man matches what...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019 5:04 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

"The Man with a Hoe" is an impassioned protest and lament on behalf of those in servitude, which gives voice, through one symbolic laborer, to the description of what workers become when yoked to...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 12:46 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The modern man in the poem "The Man with a Hoe" is the exploited worker who toils endlessly and becomes degraded so that a few people at the top of the social order can become very wealthy. The...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019 12:48 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The famous poem "The Man with the Hoe" by Edwin Markham is based on an equally famous painting by Jean-Francois Millet. In the painting, a large, strong, dirty, and obviously exhausted man leans on...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 2:08 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The speaker of the poem asks, "How will the Future reckon with this Man?" referring to the man with the hoe—a man who God made in His own image yet who other men have turned into a "Slave of the...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019 11:19 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The poem "The Man With the Hoe" by Edwin Markham is based on a painting called L'homme a la houe by the French painter Jean-Francois Millet. The painting, which now resides at the J. Paul Getty...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019 4:34 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters, are an open star cluster named after the seven divine sisters of ancient Greek mythology. Plato was a famous Greek philosopher, one of the greatest...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019 5:28 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

It is the "masters and lords" of the world who are responsible for the wretched condition of the man with the hoe and millions of others like him. It is their insatiable greed which has taken this...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019 5:08 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

Edwin Markham's poem "The Man with the Hoe" was inspired by the painting L'homme à la Houe by Jean-François Millet, which depicts just what the title says: a man with a hoe. But of course it is not...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2014 4:42 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

Edwin Markham's poem "The Man With the Hoe" is essentially addressed to the humanity of the world in general, but, toward the end, it directly addresses those who are specifically responsible for...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2018 8:01 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

According to the speaker, God gave man dominion over land and sea. And yet the man with the hoe, and many others like him, enjoys no such dominion. In fact, quite the opposite. The man doesn't own...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 7:37 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

"The Man with the Hoe" is a poem that questions the power differential in society and how those with power treat those without. To understand the second stanza, one must start with the epigraph:...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2017 11:02 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

In Edwin Markham's poem "The Man with the Hoe" the two social classes of people mentioned are the labor class and the land-owning/ruling class. The central conceit of the poem is that the man...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2015 2:45 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The picture that the poem is based on can be seen at the link provided below.

Latest answer posted January 24, 2010 3:59 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The poet, Edwin Markham, describes the physical, intellectual and spiritual state of people, symbolized by the man in Millet's oil painting L'homme à la houe, who are forced into life-long arduous...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016 5:18 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The only character to speak of in "The Man with the Hoe" is the man himself. But this man isn't a particular individual; he's an allegorical figure who represents the poor and the downtrodden,...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2020 10:44 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

Both Edwin Markham's poem "The Man with the Hoe" and Shakespeare's Sonnet 29 speak of mankind's agony when he is in a state of suffering and strife. Yet, one difference is that Markham's poem...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2015 8:42 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

Markham believes that the common man is pitiable. He portrays a laborer who is now far removed from the angels whom he could have embodied and has instead become more like an ox. Markham mourns the...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2019 11:44 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

There are many analogies which help the reader to understand the condition of the title character in "The Man With the Hoe" by Edward Markham. The first analogy, which establishes the duality...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019 5:49 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The poem "The Man with the Hoe" is a stirring work of defiance against the exploitation of laborers the world over. It is said that Markham was inspired to write it upon viewing Millet's painting...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 8:51 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

In the first stanza, the speaker offers a vivid description of an unhappy laborer whose back is continually slumped over as he leans upon his hoe with an empty, hopeless gaze. The speaker then...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019 10:16 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The tone of the poem is angry and challenging. It appears to me to be lashing out at God and the world for what they have done to the working people. It says that the working people have been...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2010 10:27 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

"The Man with the Hoe" deals with the conflict between the working class and the ruling, moneyed class, the "masters, lords and rulers in all lands" (line 31). Markham provides a very strong...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2016 10:10 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

This quotation is line 10 of the poem "The Man with the Hoe," and when it first appears it is an example of a rhetorical question because no answer is immediately posed. However, the question is...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019 8:45 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The speaker addresses "masters, lord, and rulers in all lands," the powerful people who effectively run the world, and tries to shame them for how they've treated the poor and dispossessed, like...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 9:13 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

Markham's "Man with a Hoe" represents all the working class laborers who the rich exploit. Based on a painting by the French artist Millet, the poem describes the man with the hoe as carrying "the...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2019 5:22 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The poem "The Man with the Hoe" was inspired by a famous painting of a man working tirelessly in a field with a hoe. The painting moved the author, Edward Markham, and he was inspired to write an...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018 3:05 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

“The Man with a Hoe” is a very famous poem in blank verse written by American poet Edwin Markham (1852-1940). It was first presented at a poetry reading in New York City in 1898. The poem was...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2019 3:19 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

In the fifth stanza, the speaker addresses all those in positions of power or authority, asking what they plan to do when men, like the man with the hoe, band together and rise up after "centuries"...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 1:15 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

Markham's "Man with a Hoe" was inspired by the the Millet painting of the same name. Markham's poem is, therefore ekphrastic, or a piece of literature about a work of art. Millet's "Man with a Hoe"...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 10:21 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

In "The Man with the Hoe," the poet asks a long series of questions about the peasant. He starts with four questions all asking essentially the same thing: who has made this man the dumb and...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 8:18 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The Pleiades is a star cluster which can be seen from nearly all parts of the globe. Also known as The Seven Sisters, the cluster is named after nymphs from ancient Greek mythology, daughters of...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 6:14 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

Edwin Markham's "The Man With The Hoe" is an elegiac poem which mourns for the plight of the oppressed, dehumanized working man—described as "A thing that . . . never hopes," "a brother to the ox,"...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2019 7:56 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The poem begins with an epigraph from the Book of Genesis: "God made man in his own image." It quickly proceeds to a long series of questions which at first seem rhetorical but become progressively...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019 10:35 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The speaker is describing in great detail the lamentable state of the man with the hoe. This is a man who's been thoroughly dehumanized, stripped of his dignity by years of back-breaking toil. It's...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019 11:40 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

This poem is lamenting of how a man who was presumably once strong has been worked so hard and so thanklessly his whole life that he is forever worn and weakened. The speaker details the tragedy of...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019 4:58 am UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

Edward Markham's "The Man With the Hoe" is a poem inspired by Jean-Francois Millet's painting"L'homme à la houe." In both the poem and the painting, the viewer/reader is shown a man who is looks...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 10:31 pm UTC

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The Man with the Hoe

The painting shows a laborer or farmer in a field, resting for a moment on his hoe. If you glance at the field behind him, you won't envy the backbreaking work he has put into his day. I am going...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2016 4:21 pm UTC

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