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

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Comment 45 of 475, added on June 20th, 2011 at 2:12 PM.

This poem... is what I am studing in class write now. according to the
teacher, this poem is about the Civil War, for those who were curious about

Steve from United States
Comment 44 of 475, added on April 7th, 2011 at 10:40 AM.
Yellow Trenches

With all the secrets the government keeps, mabye mustard gas actually WAS
being used but we were kept in the dark about it.

Comment 43 of 475, added on February 27th, 2011 at 9:00 PM.

This poem makes good use of the difference between the "speaker" and the
"author". The speech may be irony, rather than sarcasm, since the speaker
seems to be trying to comfort the maiden/babe/mother. However, the imagery
suggests something different altogether. While the "speaker" is telling
them not to cry, the author supplies grotesque imagery that portrays the
horrors of war. In stanzas 2 and 4, and a bit in the last stanza, the
author also shows some of the archetypal glory of war. This poem displays
the initial idea of war, and the "new" idea of war, after people have been
able to experience the loss and horror that comes with it.

Cynthia from United States
Comment 42 of 475, added on January 15th, 2011 at 9:17 AM.

Hello, world!

Nunu from United States
Comment 41 of 475, added on October 25th, 2010 at 6:35 PM.

The poem is written in a way that is sort of bitter, like he says that war
is kind is the same a abused person saying there abuser is kind

Comment 40 of 475, added on February 22nd, 2010 at 12:45 PM.

Mustard gas was not around yet (or atleast not yet used in war)... Written
in 1899

Wes Rhodes from United States
Comment 39 of 475, added on February 3rd, 2010 at 2:22 AM.

I believe the yellow trench line refers to a man who stumbles in a trench
with mustard gas resting (gas gets as low to the ground as it can) and
gasping took his last breath and died this all would happen if he fell into
yellow mustard gas.

RJ from United States
Comment 38 of 475, added on January 10th, 2010 at 6:20 PM.

The tone clearly is sarcastic. Of course, ironic and paridoxical poetic
devices are employed as well throughout the piece by the poet, but his tone
is undoubtedly sarcastic.

Also, whoever said this poem could be interpreted as a satire is right. It
uses sarcasm and irony to deride a traditional belief of war (human folly).
Thus, it can be interpreted as satire.

Mr. C from Canada
Comment 37 of 475, added on December 4th, 2009 at 12:42 AM.

Come on dude...the comment below... Stephen Crane's tone is sarcasm duh...
he does a great job describing how inglorious war really is by his
sarcastic tone... come on be intelligent...just read the poem over to see
what I mean...

Drake from United States
Comment 36 of 475, added on November 17th, 2009 at 2:12 PM.

crane really does a poor job of showing his feelings toward war. he says
"do not weep, war is kind", its telling the daughter dont cry, because
losing a family member or 2, or 3 is natural in war. but then reading the
rest of the poem strickly says war is tragic, frightful, and death is a
great fear.

Ryan Walters 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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