“See It Through”

by Edgar Guest

When you’re up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it’s vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don’t let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you’re beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don’t give up, whate’er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!

“See It Through” is a poem written by Edgar Guest in 1917. This poem can be  seen as a call to the City of Detroit to never give up. These words ring true even today, with the collapse of the auto industry many Detroit Citizens must remain optimistic even with the looming possibility of unemployment. Chrysler realized the perennial effect this poem had, and decided to use it as a reflection of their resistance to failure or succumbing to defeat. Edgar Gust was an immigrant to the city of Detroit, and made a name for himself at the Detroit Free Press. His poems were published often in the newspaper, which led to him being named Michigan Poet Laureate. His poems put hope into the hearts of the disillusioned and convinces us to SEE IT THROUGH!

Source: Guest, Edgar. “See It Through.” http://www.poets.org/. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct 2012. <http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/22675&gt;.

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