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Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871 June 5, 1900) was an American novelist, short story writer, poet and journalist. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 46 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482016958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482016956
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,487,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. V. Buckley on April 19, 2010
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Back in high school I struggled through Red Badge of Courage. Likewise, Crane's novel about a young prostitute, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, bored me in college. But along the way I discovered that Crane wrote poetry as well. His poetry is not the sentimental and genteel poetry often associated with the 19th century. His aggresive free-verse is more an agonized scream and a punch in the gut. Crane delights in calling out hypocrisy and exposing it to the light of day.

Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce and H.L. Menken were the "paragons of pessimism" during their days. To that group add the voice of Stephen Crane who was their equal in expressing the cynicism of the age; but Crane's cynicism often came wrapped around a seed of hope for mankind.

Both this volume and The Black Riders and Other Lines are highly recommended.
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See for a complete analysis of poem - "War Is Kind" @ www.shmoop.com/war-is-kind.

A "reality" poem that is a reminder of the stark reality of the world today that is alive w/ "insanity" regarding our battle w/ ourselves as human beings. "REALITY IS THE TOUGHEST PILL TO SWALLOW" - & thus we ALL need to be reminded to "practice the Golden Rule"!!
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I can't read a line from this book without being struck by how relevant Crane's poetry remains to this day. Personally, I put it on the top of the heap for the past 150 years; It may not be greater (or less great) than Stevens, Eliot, Frost, Dickey, etc., but it does more for the reader than any of these. Read these poems and find what Emily Dickinson meant when she said she knows it's poetry if it feels like the top of head is taken off, or something like that.
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These poems are moving, heartfelt, and rather cynical. Stephen Crane was an American poet who wrote in the late 1800's. He's pretty remarkable for having written some free verse in that era of meter and rhyme.

Here is how the poem from which the title is derived ends:

"Mother whose heart hung humble as a button
On the bright splendid shroud of your son,
Do not weep.
War is kind!"
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