“Desiderata” è tratto da un Manoscritto del 1692 trovato a Baltimora nell’antica chiesa di San Paolo. Questa poesia ha una storia che è degna di essere conosciuta. L’autore è Max Ehrmann, poeta e avvocato dell’Indiana, che visse dal 1872 al 1945. Si dice che labbia scritta nel suo diario con l’ambizione di lasciare ai futuri lettori qualcosa che fosse di insegnamento
Max Ehrmann’s inspirational poem – Desiderata
The common myth is that the Desiderata poem was found in a Baltimore church in 1692 and is centuries old, of unknown origin. Desiderata was in fact written around 1920 (although some say as early as 1906), and certainly copyrighted in 1927, by lawyer Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) based in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Desiderata myth began after Reverend Frederick Kates reproduced the Desiderata poem in a collection of inspirational works for his congregation in 1959 on church notepaper, headed: ‘The Old St Paul’s Church, Baltimore, AD 1692’ (the year the church was founded). Copies of the Desiderata page were circulated among friends, and the myth grew, accelerated particularly when a copy of the erroneously attributed Desiderata was found at the bedside of deceased Democratic politician Aidlai Stevenson in 1965.
Whatever the history of Desiderata, the Ehrmann’s prose is inspirational, and offers a simple positive credo for life.