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Stephen Crane

Insight into the meaning of the short poem "A Man Said to the Universe" by Stephen Crane can be derived by taking a look at the poet's life and work. Crane grew up in a religious household. His...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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Stephen Crane's poem “I Saw a Man Pursuing the Horizon” is about a man pursuing an impossible dream. Just as we can never reach the horizon, no matter how hard we try, so the man in the poem has...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2018, 8:35 am (UTC)

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Stephen Crane's very short but pithy poem "A Man Said to the Universe" is an expression of its author's generally bleak view of man's relation to the cosmos. One has only to read some of Crane's...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020, 6:59 pm (UTC)

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This excellent short story represents yet another attempt of Crane to quantify the strange, baffling and dangerous experience of war by debating the true nature of heroism and questioning the...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2011, 7:59 pm (UTC)

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One motive that may belong to Collins in his desperate act of running for the water, is his frustration at his company's futility in their battle with their enemy, for like the horses that pull the...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2015, 7:53 pm (UTC)

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Stephen Crane makes ample use of personification throughout the story. When Fred Collins goes for water, he passes the active battle. As he nears the well, the exploding shells around him are...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2019, 8:17 am (UTC)

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Oscar Wilde once wrote, "The are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." In his poem "A Man Saw a Ball of Gold in the Sky," it's possible that...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019, 3:03 am (UTC)

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The two people viewing the sea are a young woman (maiden) and a sailor. The maiden's perspective is given in the first stanza, while the sailor's is given in the second. The maiden enjoys looking...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2019, 4:26 am (UTC)

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This excellent short story by Stephen Crane bears many different hallmarks of Realist literature of the time. Let us just briefly remind ourselves about some of the characteristics of Realism....

Latest answer posted February 16, 2011, 12:09 am (UTC)

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In this story, Collins, to the surprise of his officers and fellow soldiers, agrees to risk his life in the midst of battle to get water for the parched men. He takes five or six of their canteens...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2019, 1:44 pm (UTC)

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Stephen Crane describes in the short story, Mystery of Heroism, why a young man would risk his life to get two buckets of water. In the beginning ofthe story the character, Collins, is cheered on...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2009, 9:47 am (UTC)

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At eNotes, we can't, of course, write your assignments for you. We can, however, offer you guidance so that you can write it for yourself. "Blades of Grass," also known as "In Heaven," is a rather...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019, 6:32 pm (UTC)

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Crane in his various works seems to present war with gritty realism. He explores such concepts as heroism and patriotism and profoundly questions the extent to which traditional notions of these...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2011, 8:09 pm (UTC)

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The ending of this excellent story is one of the most perfect moments of situational irony in literature. Consider what has happened: Fred Collins has risked death by going to get water for his...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2011, 3:46 am (UTC)

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It is actually the Colonel that calls Collins "lad." One of the aspects of this story that it is hard to ignore is the predominance of rank that is alluded to. There are a number of different ranks...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2011, 12:01 am (UTC)

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Your original question asked more than one question, which is against enotes policy. I have therefore edited your question. Please do not ask multiple questions again. The exposition of this grimly...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2011, 3:52 am (UTC)

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“I Was in the Darkness” is a very short poem, only five lines, with the final line set off from the rest. Despite the brevity, however, the poem tells a complete story, and a common one. As the...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016, 4:38 pm (UTC)

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The answer to your question can be found at the beginning of the story, in the first paragraph. One of the key aspects that it is important to realise at the beginning of this excellent tale is the...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2011, 12:07 am (UTC)

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In this excellent short story, the nature of heroism is discussed through the example of Collins, a Private who, desperate for some water, braves passing through a field which is being bombed to...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2011, 9:23 pm (UTC)

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Crane undoubtedly drew on his experiences as a war correspondent, so we might say that the poem is written from that perspective or, more generally, from one who has witnessed war up close. Note...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 8:28 pm (UTC)

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Stephen Crane (1871 - 1900) was an American poet and author whose literary style has been likened to that of Edgar Allen Poe. This comparison is based on their ability to make the reader feel...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 6:34 pm (UTC)

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There is a characteristic underlying irony of tone in this poem that expresses Crane's opinion on the illusions held by men: If they believe in God [notice Crane's use of the small letter g] in...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2013, 8:14 am (UTC)

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Stephen Crane's novel Maggie: A Girl of the Streets opens with a boy from the Bowery's Rum Alley standing on top of a gravel heap and throwing stones at boys from the opposing neighborhood of...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2020, 7:05 am (UTC)

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Fred Collins, the protagonist of "A Mystery of Heroism," learns much more about life and death through actually experiencing the Civil War rather than reading about it in a textbook or hearing...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010, 1:16 pm (UTC)

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Latest answer posted September 14, 2009, 10:15 am (UTC)

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When "a certain tall soldier" in Stephen Crane's novel, The Red Badge of Courage, decided to visit a nearby brook to wash his shirt, he overheard news that would stir the entire camp. He was...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2010, 12:56 am (UTC)

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Well, Stephen Crane is an author who is recognised as capturing the elements of Realism in his fiction, so you have picked a good author to focus on! If I were you, I would start by looking at the...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2011, 8:15 pm (UTC)

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