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War Is Kind

The first poetic device I notice in Stephen Crane's poem "War is Kind" is apostrophe. Apostrophe is when the poet or speaker addresses a specific someone. It's almost as if the poem wasn't a poem...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2020 12:26 pm UTC

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Verbal irony is a contradiction between what is said/written and the meaning that is actually intended. The title itself is a perfect example of verbal irony. War is not kind. There is a similarity...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016 3:07 pm UTC

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The meaning of the 23rd line “"Mother whose heart hung humble as a button" in the poem “War is Kind” by Stephen Crane is that this mother humbly accepts what war does to families. The meaning here...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016 9:36 pm UTC

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I think that verbal irony is more relevant to a discussion of this excellent poem, as really, in giving the poem the title "War is Kind" Crane is saying exactly the opposite. I suppose situational...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2011 9:37 pm UTC

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In Stephen Crane's "War is Kind," the mighty symbol of war and courage, the eagle "with crest of red and gold" is made a mockery of by the dying soldier behind it who tumbles into the yellow...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2010 9:29 am UTC

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The repetition of the phrase "War is kind," as seen in Stephen Crane's poem "War is Kind," can be justified in two ways. First, Crane is offering the reader an example of irony. The detail which...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2011 9:45 am UTC

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Stephen Crane calls war "kind" because he mocks with bitter irony the chauvinism that would have young men believe that going to war is noble and dying for one's country is heroic. For those in the...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 6:31 am UTC

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The use of verbal irony in Stephen Crane's "War is Kind" makes Crane's attitude toward war very clear. Stanzas one, three, and five present a maiden, a child, and a mother, respectively, who have...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018 5:46 pm UTC

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Tone refers to the "perspective or attitude" an author has towards a subject matter and portrays through the content of a literary work (Literary Devices, "Tone"). Many words can be used to...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2015 1:56 am UTC

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This question is wide open. Explaining a poem could mean any number of things. It could mean explain structure, organization, rhythm, rhyme, meaning, symbols, etc. I'd like to focus a bit on the...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2019 9:50 pm UTC

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"War is Kind" is a poem by Stephen Crane. If readers know about other pieces that he has written, the verbal irony in the poem should be quite apparent. Readers that have been through his The Red...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 12:34 pm UTC

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In his poem "War is Kind," Stephen Crane takes an ironic point of view toward war in order to make his contradictory argument about the kindness of war.Not only is there irony, but there is a...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 10:41 pm UTC

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The poet Stephen Crane is being intentionally ironic. He does not really believe that war is kind but that it is a horrible and senseless thing. The summary in the eNotes study guide for the poem...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2016 12:43 pm UTC

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This complex and painfully ironic poem is built on the underlying metaphor that compares successful men in war to an unsuccessful man in love. A prevailing theme of this expansive exploration of...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2012 5:12 pm UTC

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“War is Kind” is a poem written by Stephen Crane. It was first published in 1899. As the title suggests, the poem deals with the theme of war. The title “War is Kind” is repeated several times...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2020 11:22 am UTC

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Lines 10-11 in Stephen Crane's poem "War is Kind" are as follows: "Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom— A field where a thousand corpses lie." Although the poem in its entirety is...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 11:03 pm UTC

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Though not a war veteran, Crane was a fearless war correspondent who dodged sniper fire to cover the war from a journalistic perspective. As such, Crane is often cited as a pre-Imagist poet, in...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2010 10:09 am UTC

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The tone shifts in Stephen Crane's "War is Kind" come as a result of the change in diction. For instance, in stanza two rather than use the conversational tone of the other stanzas, Crane chooses...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2010 2:34 pm UTC

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In his biting antiwar poem “War is Kind,” Crane uses sarcasm to drive home his point about what he sees as the utter futility of human conflict. The very title itself is extremely sarcastic....

Latest answer posted July 29, 2021 11:53 am UTC

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One can surmise given Stephen Crane’s life and the previous publication of his most famous work, The Red Badge of Courage, that the audience for his later poem “War is Kind” was those who perhaps...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 5:58 pm UTC

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The ironic tone of "War is Kind" is carried throughout the poem. In stanza two, Crane writes of the "men born to drill and die" with the "unexplained glory" overhead. This juxtaposition of the...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2009 3:37 am UTC

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The primary motif in the poem is the phrase "war is kind." The fact that it appears in the title, as well as numerous times in the poem, suggests its significance. It is through this motif that...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2009 1:57 am UTC

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Stephen Crane's War Is Kind and Other Lines could be regarded as a poem of twenty-seven stanzas or as twenty-seven thematically linked poems. In any case, each one presents a separate image or...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020 8:24 am UTC

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Stephen Crane uses imagery and irony in his poem "War is Kind." By using multiple examples of concrete imagery, he appeals to the reader's senses, conveying in a visceral way the horrors of war....

Latest answer posted May 21, 2010 11:35 am UTC

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Based on the "what do you think" wording of the question, you can feel free to take a personal stance on why Crane organized this poem in this manner and defend it. I think a good place to start is...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018 9:48 pm UTC

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I see two refrains in this poem. They are "Do not weep" and "War is kind." Both of these refrains help to point to the major theme of the poem -- the idea that war is a devastating thing that...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2010 8:57 am UTC

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"War is Kind," by Stephen Crane, is an ironic poem about the horrors of war. The poem contains a number of gruesome images of war. Some of them are: a) "your lover threw wild hands toward the sky...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2011 9:45 am UTC

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In the first line of the second stanza, Stephen Crane uses the words: Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment This sound effect, describing the war drums as harsh and loud, raises emotions of...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019 1:10 am UTC

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War is Kind is the title of a poem and a book. The poem, available here on enotes, is 5 stanzas long. The poem you are referring to is actually a book of poems on the theme of war. The book...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2012 4:06 pm UTC

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This is an example of verbal irony. Verbal irony is when a person says one thing but actually means something else. Crane says war is kind to illustrate his point of the cruelty and uselessness of...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2008 9:32 am UTC

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Stephen Crane, who was a war correspondent and saw the war victims and battles in all their carnage, writes with a satirical tone that employs bitter irony to underscore the senseless brutality and...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2015 3:13 am UTC

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The poem "War Is Kind" presents the horrors of war through its powerful and graphic imagery, while continually repeating the verbal irony "War is kind" to show the ways we try to lie to ourselves...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2012 5:29 pm UTC

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Over 600,000 American lives were lost in the Civil War, leaving countless families forever altered, to say nothing of the misery caused by the physical, emotional, and economic harm inherent in...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2018 10:59 pm UTC

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