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daniellebabyyy | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted February 2, 2010 at 2:06 AM via web

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"To the Maiden" questions...

Stephen Crane’s poem “To the Maiden” reflects the perspectives of two different people. Who are the two people? What are their viewpoints? Why do they view the sea differently?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 2, 2010 at 2:12 AM (Answer #1)

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The two people in this poem are the maiden and the sailor.

They view the sea very differently because they have such different relationships with it.  The maiden can just come down to the shore and look at the sea and think how pretty it looks.  When it's stormy, she can just forget about the sea.  So, to her, the sea is a fun, beautiful thing.

The sailor has to get his living on the sea.  He has to be out on it in all kinds of weather.  It has probably killed people he knows, and he knows it could kill him.  So, to him, the sea is dangerous and scary.

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