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

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Comment 23 of 453, 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 453, 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 453, 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 453, 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
Comment 19 of 453, added on February 23rd, 2006 at 2:14 AM.

In response to other comments, I think "ironic" is a better word to use
than "sarcastic". What I love about the poem is the power and emotion he
evokes without talking about emotion at all. It is poignant without being
overly sentimental.

Nathaniel H. from United States
Comment 18 of 453, added on February 15th, 2006 at 7:18 PM.

I think that this work is amazing. Since I read this is wondered how a man
could fit so much emotion into so few words. I was also taken aback by the
fact that he was only what? 28? , when he wrote this poem. I'm sixteen and
I wonder if in 12 years I will be able to fit the emotions of the moment
into 5 or 6 stanzas. The truth is, this poem is a great example of how
irony affects a reader, and how to use irony to get your point across. I
envy this man for all of his talent.

Kat from United States
Comment 17 of 453, added on January 19th, 2006 at 7:55 PM.

This poem is not showing the futility of war or anything like that. i think
it's actualy written as a comfortor to the women who have lost someone dear
to them and telling them in very colorfull language that war is the kind
hand that took their loved on from a sort of hell on earth.

Sanchez from United States
Comment 16 of 453, added on December 5th, 2005 at 5:28 PM.

This is props to Szilard. I'd like to remind people who come here to read
poems and comment on them that the biggest mistake in analyzing poetry is
forcing your own opinion into a poem where it doesn't apply. War is Kind
definitely evokes contrast and irony between the title and the reality of
war. There is not, however, a negative attitude towards soldiers
themselves. Crane actually respects the soldiers and does them honorable
tribute with his words, in some ways harsh and realistic and in others
quite romantic and nobly patriotic. So rather than force your
square-peg-in-round-hole theory onto great poetic works, read it. And learn
to spell.

Spiffy from United States
Comment 15 of 453, 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 453, 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

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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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