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d0rkieyyxd | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 16, 2008 at 11:10 AM via web

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what meaning does the poem, "A man saw a ball of gold in the sky" by Stephen Maria Crane presents?

the poem is called " A man saw a ball of gold in the sky"

by- Stephen Maria Crane

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thirdgraderocks | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 24, 2008 at 7:35 AM (Answer #1)

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I believe this poem is all about perspective. The man sees a ball of gold. However, once he reaches for it, it is no longer as significant to him. He takes it for granted and thinks it is merely clay. Once he takes a step back (or maybe metaphorically grows older and looks back) he realizes that it really was GOLD, or a golden moment in time that he cannot take back.

 

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m984638 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 30, 2010 at 5:32 AM (Answer #2)

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I believe that the passage points out how perception is more powerful than reality.  When we are distant from the facts, we are motivated by appearance.  When we see the facts for what they are, we begen to regret knowing the truth.  When we distance ourselves again from the facts, we forget the pain in favor of the more pleasurable thought.

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