Giving a commemorative speech about John Steinbeck is challenging because as a writer he was challenging too. This commemorative speech looks at the life of Steinbeck and the influences on his writing. It explains his passion for the cause of the underprivileged. It speaks about his search for the truth about the exploitation of migrant workers and it tells too of his war writing. He was, like Thomas Moore, a man for all seasons because he wrote for so many reasons. At the end of the speech there is a poem that condenses, into sonnet form, the story of his life. With such an unusual ending you are bound to make an impression with this commemorative speech about John Steinbeck.