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Analysis and comments on Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind by Stephen Crane

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Comment 29 of 449, added on December 29th, 2008 at 10:58 AM.

When I was a freshman in college, I took a class on interpreting poetry.
When asked the meaning of this poem, everyone in my class stated that the
author was trying to portray war in a positive light and say that it is
good. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I was the only person to say
the poem was being sarcastic and the author was stating the opposite! The
teacher's response was "no one is right or wrong." wtf?

Vanessa from United States
Comment 28 of 449, added on December 8th, 2008 at 6:49 PM.

"War is Kind" is actually the first poem of Steven's book titled "War is
Kind and Other Lines", which is why several people have referenced it as a

Jake from United States
Comment 27 of 449, added on May 21st, 2008 at 9:44 AM.

This poem is great, it makes me think of today with the war going on.

Jplucky from United States
Comment 26 of 449, added on April 9th, 2008 at 11:34 AM.

This poem goes back and forth between the view of the civilian and the
soldier. The maiden, the soldier, the child, the soldier, and the mother.
The poem shows the excuses we give to those left behind and what that the
soldiers are told. They died for the greater good, they died for glory,
they died well - in excellence and virtue. "The unexplained glory flies
above them...point for them the virtue of slaughter, make plain to them the
excellence of killing..." Soldiers go believing that they are doing what's
best and for glory and to be a hero. But the only kingdom is that of the
war god, his subjects a thousand corpses. At the end all this excuses are
for naught, they're still just corpses. All they leave behind are the tears
of those who loved them.
So is war worth it?

Pat from United States
Comment 25 of 449, added on February 11th, 2008 at 3:46 PM.

The poem War is Kind, is a great poem, and you could say that the poem is
ironic, but I think that you could give a better argument about how the
poem is more sarcastic. But overall the poem is a great poem.

kyle from United States
Comment 24 of 449, added on May 22nd, 2007 at 11:59 PM.

I agree with those who described Crane's poem as ironic more than
sarcastic, but a paradox seems to much to describe it. Oh, and I'm a
sophomore too! Poem of choice for school projects I guess :p. But
seriously, I really like this poem and admire Crane greatly for his ability
to express his opinions so effectively.

Natalie from United States
Comment 23 of 449, added on April 9th, 2007 at 3:21 PM.

U Rock War Is Kind! It Builds Empires And Destroys Nations!

Roland from United States
Comment 22 of 449, added on April 13th, 2006 at 12:53 PM.

Why are some calling it a novel?? It's a poem. I must agree with Wendy.
Sarcasim is completely the wrong word to describe what Stephen Crane has
done with this poem. Irony and paradox are much more easily supported
throughout the poem than sarcasism. OH and just because I can, I'm a
sophmore in high school and understood that he didn't like war before I
even read these comments to help me get a deeper meaning of the poem.
Thanks Wendy you were alot of help!

Krystle from United States
Comment 21 of 449, added on March 5th, 2006 at 1:39 PM.

In response to Sanchez, this poem is not simply meant to comfort the loved
ones of those that die in war. Crane uses his words to show that there is
no comfort for these women because there husbands, sons, and fathers died
for something as futile as a war. The only word to describe Crane's intent
is sarcasm. He shows no sympathy for these women but raher mocks their
loss, not because he does not care, but because their men died needlessly.

Mike from United States
Comment 20 of 449, added on February 27th, 2006 at 8:55 AM.

This is not sarcasm. That is such a negative term to apply to Stephen
Crane's brilliant sense of paradox and irony. Paradox ... that something
appears to be one thing and is in reality quite another. 'War is Kind'
underscores the illusion maintained by men who believe in war, makes plain
the (non)exellence of killing, the (non) virtue of slaughter, the
unexplained (non) glory. It tells of the universal suffering, of the
maiden, the soldier, the babe, the mother. War 'kindly' dispells the
illusion of glory or virtue. In other words, the horror of war is the only
thing in the end that will teach us the falseness of our belief that war
can ever be right or bring glory or solve anything. This is a spirtual
poem. Look at the spiritual language ... the 'little' souls who thirst for
fight, the Battle-God and his Kingdom, which can only be a graveyard where
a thousand corpses lie, and that only in that false kingdom is there virtue
in killing. Stephen is telling us that men have made war a false god, and
that in the end, it is war alone that 'kindly' teaches us the higher truth.

wendy from United States

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Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 1. Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind
Volume: War is Kind & Other Lines
Year: 1899
Added: Jan 31 2004
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