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

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Comment 26 of 466, 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 466, 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 466, 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 466, 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 466, 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 466, 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 466, 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 466, 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 466, 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 466, 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

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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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