The Man with the Hoe by Edwin Markham is a powerful poem commenting on the oppression of man inspired by Jean Francois Millet’s famous painting. The artwork and the poem compliment each other nicely. The poem has to be analyzed from the time period it was written from, the French Revolution. The word choice in this poem is capturing, “the emptiness of ages in his face,” and “the reddening of the rose,” are my two favorite lines. The poet enters a different dimension in the second verse, which brings an ethereal element to the poem and painting. This poem is a nice piece of history. Do some of the questions in the poem pertain to today’s society?