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

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Comment 5 of 445, added on January 11th, 2005 at 12:30 PM.

war is a babe here in my room. war is a many spendid thing war. i live,
love, lust for war

loooloooo from Hungary
Comment 4 of 445, added on December 29th, 2004 at 11:29 PM.

In the poem "War is in Kind," Stephen Crane is reasoning; he is caught
between what society, culture, and honor say and teach, and what divine
values preach (which is thou shall not kill). The poem leaves us in a state
of confusion, which in essence, is what the poet sees as the most confusing
and irrational--WAR.
He is bringing to light the ridiculousness of people killing each other.
Anybody that's been in battle will tell you that war is not kind. But by
seeing how misled and led astray the human race is, we realize that war is
"Kind" because it is giving us an exit to a pompous and absurd world. For
we are now in the realm of "The battle God." And dwell among people who
condone "the excellence of killing/ the virtue of slaughter." The poet is
just explaining how confusing the world is.

Ian G. Morris
Comment 3 of 445, added on December 10th, 2004 at 11:50 AM.

confusing

jay from United States
Comment 2 of 445, added on December 1st, 2004 at 1:30 PM.

I don't think you are entirely right about youre interpritation.


Jack from United States
Comment 1 of 445, added on December 1st, 2004 at 4:40 AM.

It seems that war does not and never will have an admirable reputation.
Many tragic outcomes come to realize when war is acted upon humanity.
Survivors of war are the only individuals that endure the terrible pain and
hold the truth of the cruel tactics of killing one another. So many
survivors of war can write on paper their experiences and their deep
thoughts of war, but to create an impact that will widespread to every
reader can be possibly accomplished by creating a new form of writing
manner, such an example was accomplished by Stephen Crane created in the
1890’s. It is declared that Crane wrote one of America’s first anti-war
poems, “War is Kind.” The unusual style that Crane decided to express his
feelings on how brutal and gruesome war is created a variety of clichés in
his poem that are deliberate-have a point, a devastating point (Seldmen
Rodman 31).

Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind.
Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky
And the affrighted steed ran on alone,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

The narrator begins to recount the death of the maiden’s lover. He depicts
that the soldier on top of the horse fighting for what they were brought
upon was shot to death and the horse, startled by the gunshot, ran on
alone. The illustration produces an image of viciousness toward the men in
war, but still the narrator requests to the maiden not to weep because war
is kind. This shows that, the cynicism in this stanza strongly informs the
reader what sane person might say these cruel words to a devastated maiden
who had just lost her lover in war. However, this creates an impact, it
enlightens the reader to think beyond what the poet wrote. The cruel death
of the soldier describes tragic incidents that take place during war.
During times of war in the past centuries horses have been powerful
instruments to soldiers. These instruments led the way to victory without
even knowing it. The narrator also declares that they thirst for fight:

Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment,
Little souls who thirst for fight,
These men were born to drill and die,

These animals are forced to undergo the cruelty of war, but nonetheless the
narrator implies that they crave for fight. He continues with the men
affirming that they were destined to use killing instruments and kill.
Surely the sarcasm is duly noted; by no means a human is born to cause such
acts such as war. Along with the unexplained glory, the men are glorified
at the battlefield. The mockery clearly states that there is no glory in
the battlefield.

Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom-
A field where a thousand corpses lie.

The battle-god and his kingdom illustrate the malice of battle, although
disguising the battle-god as a great god and mentioning his kingdom serves
as a cliché for “War is Kind”.

The third stanza depicts another tragic incident of a soldier’s death in
warfare, nevertheless this occurs to a daughter’s father. Her father raged
at his breast, gulped and died (“War is kind”, Crane).

Do not weep, babe, for war is kind
Because your father tumbled in the yellow trenches,

The scene is situated in a trench where it seems there was an attack of in
all probability a poisonous gas, which gives the impression that the father
suffocated. The narrator the reader visualizes the brutal death of the
soldier trying to grasp on to his life, but he can no longer resist the
pain and unintentionally endows his life to death. The narrator repeats the
same previous words he advised to the maiden:

Do not weep
War is kind.

There is no virtue from slaughter and the excellence of killing, which is
a request that the narrator solicits to the soldiers. The derision has an
upsetting line of reasoning towards war. How can someone pursue a soldier
that war is noble and with the intention of brilliance in killing?

Mother whose heart hung humble as a button
On the bright splendid shroud of your son,
Do not weep.
War is kind.


This scene was written to create impassive feelings toward the deceased
son. The bright splendid shroud portrays as a joyful object, although the
death of a loved one is terrible incident to take place. In company with
the final words, “Do not weep”, forms the style that Crane had begun with
this poem.

Stephen Crane sought to express his thoughts concerning the cruelty and
wrong doings of war. The result was an incredibly ironic poem. The poem
depicts a series of explanations given to the relatives or lovers who had
just passed away in war. The narrator, the army, describes the scene and
the harsh conditions the soldier endured during combat, thus creating irony
that war was not gentle toward the soldier. Through the use of refrain
lines and alliteration, Crane is capable to put across the satirical
message that war is kind.



Brenda Guzman 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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