Where Can You Find the Text of "Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann?


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The website Ink Monkey Press: The Art of Sherrie Lovler contains the full text of "Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann. Lovler, who sells calligraphy prints of the poem, uses it with permission of the copyright holder.

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The inspirational free-verse poem begins with the well-known line, "Go placidly amid the noise and the haste." Ehrmann, a poet and lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana, wrote the piece in 1927.

Ehrmann died in 1945. His poem circulated widely in the early 1960s without attribution, due to the common belief that an anonymous author wrote it in 1692. "Desiderata" gained further fame in 1965 when presidential hopeful Adlai Stevenson died, and a guest found a copy of the poem near his bed along with Stevenson's plans to use it in his Christmas cards. The poem concludes with the words, "Strive to be happy."

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