Literature Essay

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Desiderata – Words for Life
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence. 
As far as possible, without surrender, 
be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious
to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter, for always
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

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In 1894 he graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle. Later Ehrmann studied law and philosophy at Harvard University. He returned to Terre Haute where he practiced law .when he began writing ,he devoted every day to his work.Ehrmann wrote many poems,but his most famous poems are ‘Desiderata’ (1927) and ‘A Prayer ‘ (1906)
Desiderata
-a plural form of the Latin word desideratum ,means : “something desired as essential”.
-is also a title of a prose poem which by Max Ehrmann in 1927 . The poem provides an insight of a person’s relationship with one’s self ,with another person ,with surroundings and with God in order to achieve self-contentment and eventually ,the true meaning of happiness .

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Poem Scan

Max Ehrmann in 1927.
To me it is advice on a proper lifestyle, one that allows you to be true to yourself and creating the best person to help others.
Max Ehrmann in 1927.
To me it is advice on a proper lifestyle, one that allows you to be true to yourself and creating the best person to help others.
Myself
Myself

What are the values underscored in the poem? Give five
* Be yourself
* Achievement
* Peace with God
* Be humble
* Heroism
What is your idea of a good life?
Seek the kingdom of God first. Seeking his salvation, living in obedience to him, and sharing the good news of the kingdom with others then he will take care of our business as he promised.

What are the values underscored...

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