When young, in tones quite positive
I said, “The world shall see
That I can keep myself from sin;
A good man I will be.”

But when I loved Miss Kate St. Clair
‘Twas thus my musing ran:
“I cannot be compared with her;
I’ll be a better man.”

‘Twas at the wedding of a friend
(He married Kate St. Clair)
That I became superlative,
For I was “best man” there.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Ellis Parker Butler's poem Good – Better – Best

3 Comments

  1. andrea says:

    i relly like wat u done done wit his stories its very gudddd!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. ana says:

    this poem was the best poem ever in my whole life.

  3. qurieda moody says:

    this is a very good poem

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