What is the meaning of Stephen Crane's poem "I Saw a Man Pursuing the Horizon?"

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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 set himself a goal that he can never achieve. At the same time, most readers of the poem feel more than a little sympathetic to the man. No one really likes to be told that they can't do something,...

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