poetry

Desiderata – Read Prose Poem by Max Ehrmann

Max Ehrmann (1872–1945) is an American writer. He wrote the prose poem “Desiderata” in 1927. It was some time before it received wide spread acclaim. That did not happen until 1956. The Reverend Frederick Kates, rector of Saint Paul’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland, included Desiderata in a compilation of devotional materials for his congregation. It then become more widely known. That compilation included the church’s foundation date in the line: Old Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore A.D. 1692. This was mistakenly taken for the date of the text’s authorship. That mistake was, and still is, often repeated.