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

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Comment 15 of 445, added on December 3rd, 2005 at 4:46 PM.

this novel is really interesting. Crane uses a lot of sarcasm and
repetition in this poem. He surely does not agree that ''war is kind,'' he
just says to be sarcastic. He thinks that soldiers go out to war inorder to
get their fame and pride, however, they end up loosing their lives. War is
a battle not only between your opponents, but also between the pesron and
his thoughts. This is because a person will have a struggle within himself,
wheather he should fight or run away from the battle. We see this
throughout our main character, the young boy who tries to overcome his
thoughts on runnig away from the battlefield. Eventually he does get to
abtain this negetive feeling and fights so bravely. Not only that, but at
the end he ends up known by his comrades as a ''war devil.''

josh from Portugal
Comment 14 of 445, added on October 24th, 2005 at 7:53 PM.

I am reading this for a sophomore class in high school. After reading
everyone's thoughts it helped me understand what was really being said.
Crane apposed of war and was not for it at all. He shows this through his
detais in the deaths of the soldiers.
Thanks to all of you for helping me out with my homework.


Amber from United States
Comment 13 of 445, added on September 22nd, 2005 at 3:44 PM.

this novel is really interesting. Crane uses a lot of sarcasm and
repetition in this poem. He surely does not agree that ''war is kind,'' he
just says to be sarcastic. He thinks that soldiers go out to war inorder
to get their fame and pride, however, they end up loosing their lives. War
is a battle not only between your opponents, but also between the pesron
and his thoughts. This is because a person will have a struggle within
himself, wheather he should fight or run away from the battle. We see this
throughout our main character, the young boy who tries to overcome his
thoughts on runnig away from the battlefield. Eventually he does get to
abtain this negetive feeling and fights so bravely. Not only that, but at
the end he ends up known by his comrades as a ''war devil.''

Katrina from United States
Comment 12 of 445, added on September 22nd, 2005 at 3:44 PM.

this novel is really interesting. Crane uses a lot of sarcasm and
repetition in this poem. He surely does not agree that ''war is kind,'' he
just says to be sarcastic. He thinks that soldiers go out to war inorder
to get their fame and pride, however, they end up loosing their lives. War
is a battle not only between your opponents, but also between the pesron
and his thoughts. This is because a person will have a struggle within
himself, wheather he should fight or run away from the battle. We see this
throughout our main character, the young boy who tries to overcome his
thoughts on runnig away from the battlefield. Eventually he does get to
abtain this negetive feeling and fights so bravely. Not only that, but at
the end he ends up known by his comrades as a ''war devil.''

katie burns from United States
Comment 11 of 445, added on September 9th, 2005 at 5:10 PM.

This is a criticism in reply to looolooo's post above.
Injustice is a horrible thing, and war an almost necessary but evil remedy.
War is a horrible thing, injustice is maybe an even more horrible thing,
and there should be ways to stop injustice without resorting to war. It's
the only way to stop war.
Life, love, "the teasing war with your lover" that you both enjoy is one
thing, feeling the energy mount you but not destroy you, instead, protect
you, is one thing, but the statement "I lust for war" can be so
misinterpreted, you're setting yourself up for such a subconscious attack,
saying you lust for destruction, instead of lust for life, the real
metaphor for your meaning of "war." How about saying "aggravated murder,
wall-smashed babies, tank-steel ridden blood marinated corpses" is what I
see in my babe's face, and let's see how you can still explain yourself
back into some loving reality. Destructive strength, that destructs enemies
as a form of protection, is a form of protection. During evolution such
strength would be sought out, and destruction was a nonissue. Unlike
anything before us, these days, we, humans, have the power for utter
destruction, to destroy every other living form on this planet, except say
algae as a food source, carefully monitored against mutations so that
nothing smarter than us evolves. That would be a form of safety, a form of
protection - wouldn't it be wrong? But strength that can moderate without
destruction, strength that allows and protects freedom, and fights for it,
strength that is accepting of difference, is an even bigger strength. I
hope you love other things than your very near immediate ego, be it
yourself, your family, your nation, your people, or even just humanity. I
hope your heart rejoices seeing salmon jump up waterfalls in their drive to
spawn, I hope you love the cricket chirp, the bird songs, the grass rubbing
up against your thighs, and even sharks feed or tigers chase, or snakes
hunt. That is not destruction, that is harmony and balance. Living among
other life, being part of other life, being a tiger, a chased antilope, a
shark, a chased bunny, a cricket, a bird, all at once, being hungarian,
spanish, native american, or african, chinese or indigenous australian all
at the same time, caring about it all, caring aboust justice to all,
justice to tigers, justice to sharks, justice to the bunnies, justice to
the native americans, is what should make you a human being, whose power is
bigger than destroying everything it could destroy.

Szilard
Comment 10 of 445, added on May 30th, 2005 at 9:13 PM.

Unfortunately, it seems most people have comletely misinterpreted this
poem, or more tragically, completely misunderstood Crane's message. Stephen
Crane was vehement in his opposition to the idea of war and any of its
implementations. The poem is intended to be ironic; ironic in the very
words: "war is kind" for war is anything BUT kind, ironic in the scenes it
depicts and ironic in its message, which is just a reiteration of what we
are all told by society: that the courageousness, the romanticism, and the
valor excuses the brutality, the destruction, and the murder of war. Crane
felt that war was infantile, barbaic and useless. In this poem, society is
revealed in its hypocracy, the human slaughter known as war revealed in all
its tragic irony, and the mystery of heroism, the mystery of war, is
revealed in all its...well, mystery.

Kornelia from Netherlands
Comment 9 of 445, added on February 24th, 2005 at 12:04 AM.

i think this poem justifies the man that fights the war...not those who
look at it from the outside, in every situation the man dies and a loved
one weeps or wutever. but the reason for his dying is his justification
his reason for life, to die a death in war and for a cause in war greater
then himself would justify his existance, and in someway give self worth on
an infatismal scale but the ourcome of his actions greater then u or i can
imagine...so he is saying that war is kind, that it some how pleases the
mind of those who fight it, not those who sit in a counch and say oh my wut
a terrible thing to do. or i could be completely wrong but thats my two
cents on the poem

Brandon from United States
Comment 8 of 445, added on January 30th, 2005 at 8:25 PM.

what does this poem mean? War is Kind what is it about i dont understand
it.

Lindsey from United States
Comment 7 of 445, added on January 24th, 2005 at 6:14 PM.

i really like this poem im doing a report on it and i love what everyone
else has to say about it! ya'll have helped me out a lot! thanks a
bunch!!!!!

Nicole from United States
Comment 6 of 445, added on January 12th, 2005 at 10:42 PM.

I really liked this poem and have decided to read it in my Speech class
tomorrow. And I just hope no one gets too confused!

Samantha 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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