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What is the meaning of the poem "A Man Saw a Ball of Gold in the Sky" by Stephen Maria Crane? What is an analysis of the poem?

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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 Stephen Crane could be referring to more common instances of this experience of disappointment, such as meeting a person or achieving a goal which had seemed much more attractive from a distance. However, the poem seems equally open to the more literal reading that Crane is describing the experience of visual phenomena appearing differently depending on one's position or perspective. More pointedly, it seems possible that the poet's repetition of the word "gold" in the last two lines—"It was a ball of gold. /Aye, by the heavens, it was a ball of gold"—after the "man" of the poem is again seeing the sphere in the sky as a "ball of gold" rather than a "ball of clay," could be read as an invocation of the subjective nature of beauty, suggesting that the experience of beauty is of significance,...

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