Berton Braley (29 January 1882 – 23 January 1966) was an American poet.
Braley was born in Madison, Wisconsin. His father, Arthur B. Braley, was a judge; he died when Berton Braley was seven years old. At 16, Braley quit high school and got a job working as a factory hand at a plow plant. After a few years, Braley went back to school and received his high school diploma. Shortly thereafter he discovered Tom Hood's poetry instructional book The Rhymester.
Braley was first published at the age of 11 when a small publication printed a fairy tale he wrote. He was a prolific writer, with verses in many magazines, including Coal Age, American Machinist, Nation's Business, Forbes magazine, Harper's Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and the Saturday Evening Post. His work appeared in numerous pulp magazines, including Adventure, Breezy Stories, Complete Stories, The Popular Magazine, Short Stories and Snappy Stories. He published twenty books, about half of them being poetry collections.
In 1917, John Philip Sousa composed a marching song for the University of Wisconsin, titled Wisconsin Forward Forever with lyrics by Berton Braley. In 1934, Braley published the autobiographical Pegasus Pulls a Hack: Memoirs of a Modern Minstrel.

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Berton Braley Poems

Start Where You Stand

Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past won't help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last... more »

Opportunity

With doubt and dismay you are smitten
You think there's no chance for you, son?
Why, the best books haven't been written... more »

Success

If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,... more »

Berton Braley Quotes

Comments about Berton Braley

Grantham.Boris 02 Jun 08:42
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Anil bawne 08 Jan 09:11
Most nice poems
J. Chris Hausler 17 May 2018 11:54
Another poem by Mr. Braley is An Unsung Hero about train dispatchers, appeared in Santa Fe Magazine, June 1913